Trials of Paul

If a former Beatle is denied entry to a Grammys party, humour is his only recourse — and philosophising is ours.

By: Express News Service | Updated: February 19, 2016 1:46 pm
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Sir Paul McCartney should have said, “Please, please me, whoa yeah!” But he didn’t. At 73, immaculately dressed, what choice did the former Beatle have but to seek solace in humour, after being turned away, twice, from a Grammys after-party hosted by rapper Tyga at LA’s fashionable Argyle club? So he left with the quip, “How VIP do we gotta get?” Which words, in retrospect, assume a perhaps wholly unintended profundity.

In 2016, half a century since the lads from Liverpool thrilled thousands at the Hollywood Bowl, a few minutes from the Argyle, can we indeed be cross with bouncers who know not what they do? Besides, don’t we often fail to recognise a face from TV, or billboards (though Sir Paul comes up short on this), or magazines (when we still held them to read them), at close quarters?

Celebrities either don’t look the same a nose-breadth apart, or their two-dimensional avatars are grossly enhanced. But no, rapper Bow Wow may be closest to the truth in this case — Sir Paul, after all, isn’t among the club’s “new generation clientèle”.

“Had we but world enough, and time”, perhaps peevishness would be fair enough. Nobody knows that better than Sir Paul, who’s said more hellos and goodbyes than Grammy winners and their “new generation” guests today put together. While opinions may differ about the worth of the tech-manufactured singing sensations three generations since the Fab Four, no bouncer is taking them away from the hall of fame nor their fame from them. After all, Foo Fighters (formed in 1994, won the rock album of the year Grammy in 2014) drummer Taylor Hawkins, singer Beck (born 1970) and actor Woody Harrelson (a year younger than the Beatles) were all denied entry along with Sir Paul and his wife. Now that’s a Hollywood bounce of shame.

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  1. A
    Mar 1, 2016 at 3:09 pm
    I,an Norsk.I can belive what i read.I think somethings must be some mistake.What the litle rapper,think i dont now so mush,so i can,t give a right answer,but something some that,hope will newer happend again.SHAME FORE NORWAY.tHE WORD,S BIGGEST ARTIST ,-.hOPE FORE SOME KONSEKVENSER.tyga go to bed,be there.i know every Beatles fans will make upp.
    1. C. A.
      Feb 18, 2016 at 11:17 pm
      I think Sir Paul McCartney should slap a lawsuit on Tyga and the doorman and the Grammy and on CBS for emotional abuse, emotional cruelty, for humiliation for wasting his time. for not being respectful....he was nominated for Grammy 2016 with Kanye West for best Rap Song All Day.
      1. Laura Salovitch
        Feb 19, 2016 at 6:15 am
        This unfortunate occurrence will haunt that Tyga character for the rest of his life. He'll forever be ociated with it.