Sir Paul McCartney to Play Royal Wedding
Long known as a British music legend, Sir Paul McCartney has been invited to play at the British royal wedding this Sring. The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will include a reception at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011.
If accepted, the gig could become McCartney’s most glorious performance venue ever, topping other extraordinary shows such as Shea Stadium in 1965 with the Beatles, the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Fla. and Wembley Stadium in London, as part of Live Aid 1985.
The former Beatle seems an obvious choice, as he is arguably the most famous British musician alive today. One has to wonder if William and Kate had a short list following McCartney; or were they just going to fall back on a Hire-A-DJ? Sir Elton John would be a fitting selection. Prince William is only 28 years old; as a bonafide Gen X member, it’s not even to unreasonable to think Thom Yorke could have passed through his mind. (What a sulky wedding that would have been.)
An interesting side note to this royal request is McCartney’s daughter, Mary McCartney, who many consider to be a front-runner for photographer for the wedding. The 41-year-old was previously chosen to photograph Leo Blair, child of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie, shortly after his birth. Photographer Mario Testino, who took the official engagement photos, was believed by many to be the couple’s choice. However it’s not unreasonable to assume the future King and Queen might land a McCartney bundle, if Papa Paul offers up a little extra motivation when decision time comes.