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WTF of the Week: Paul McCartney Wants a Free T-Shirt
Utlimate Classic Rock.com ^ | December 17, 2013 1:48 PM | by Michael Gallucci

Posted on 12/17/2013 2:03:33 PM PST by a fool in paradise

WTF of the Week: Paul McCartney Wants a Free T-Shirt by Michael Gallucci December 17, 2013 1:48 PM Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Apparently being a member of one of the greatest groups of all time and one of the richest and most popular people on the planet isn’t enough for Paul McCartney. Now the dude wants a free T-shirt to go with his knighthood and power to shut down Times Square.

As you can see in the above video, the Beatle known as the Cute One back in the day made an impassioned play for a free T-shirt at a Brooklyn Nets game last night. Never mind that he currently ranks No. 21 on the Forbes list of super-rich celebrities or that his recent tour was named one of the Top 20 of the year.

We’re pretty sure McCartney can afford, like, several hundred thousand of these T-shirts. Hell, we’re pretty sure the guy shooting them out of the cannon probably would have just given McCartney one in exchange for an autograph or something.

But people love free s–t. Doesn’t matter if it’s an extra onion ring with your appetizers at the Applebee’s down the street from Dick’s or a Brooklyn Nets T-shirt that probably won’t fit after it’s washed three times. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a working-class dad who wants to see a smile on your little boy’s face or a gazillionaire who hasn’t worn a T-shirt in 40 years. People. Love. Free. S–t.

We’re guessing McCartney wasn’t as enthusiastic when the free hot dogs were fired his way.


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Sports; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: freestuff; macca; paulmccartney; sirpaul; thebeatles; tshirt
Paul McCartney at the Sixers Nets Game 76ers vs Nets December 16 2013 NBA 2013 14 Season

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwLn2w5mZFI

1 posted on 12/17/2013 2:03:33 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
Maybe this is all a misunderstanding and that's actually Fred Travalena who probably COULD use a free t-shirt.


2 posted on 12/17/2013 2:05:42 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise
He looks like Bruce Jenner now.

They must have the same plastic surgeon.

3 posted on 12/17/2013 2:09:03 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: a fool in paradise

The guy is an icon, let him enjoy the game however he wants. Leave him alone.


4 posted on 12/17/2013 2:10:36 PM PST by az wildkitten (8 years 'til I retire)
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To: a fool in paradise

Paul let me down by shilling for Obama, but I still am thankful for all the music he wrote for us. It’s clear that Paul likes being with and around people, he would never willingly become a hermit. I understand he wants to enjoy this big beautiful world too. I still worry for his safety when he’s out like that amongst the unwashed and the out of tune. Even the rich a famous can get tired of living a Bubble Boy type of existence.


5 posted on 12/17/2013 2:11:46 PM PST by lee martell
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To: a fool in paradise

Poor Fred died in 2009, remember back when Carson was hot how many impersonators there were?


6 posted on 12/17/2013 2:13:10 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: az wildkitten

He shouldn’t make rude comments directed at a kid he claims caught a shirt “dedicated” for him.


7 posted on 12/17/2013 2:13:25 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

Active hyperlink to the video in post #1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwLn2w5mZFI


8 posted on 12/17/2013 2:14:26 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: lee martell
Even the rich a famous can get tired of living a Bubble Boy type of existence.

It's made Ringo bitter (being a Beatle Bubble Boy). When people ask him "What's it like being a Beatle, he says "what's it like NOT being one?"

9 posted on 12/17/2013 2:16:03 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

the article makes him seem lie a jerk . the video shows him just being like any other fan at a game . good gravy!


10 posted on 12/17/2013 2:16:43 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/ http://thepurginglutheran.tumblr.com/)
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To: a fool in paradise

Maybe I’m amazed. Or dead.


11 posted on 12/17/2013 2:22:30 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Yup! Geez what a stupid article. Paul’s just having fun and really does seem completely down to earth and right at home amongst the folks.


12 posted on 12/17/2013 2:24:14 PM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: a fool in paradise

It’s not about the prize, it’s about playing the game.


13 posted on 12/17/2013 2:28:22 PM PST by Hugin
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To: a fool in paradise
I have never been able to figure out what makes Paul McCartney popular. I can't think of a single thing he's recorded that I can listen to.

Back in the day the Beatles had some good stuff now and then, but being a blues and R&R fan I never thought they were really a rock band. After the break up John Lennon's music was often closer to rock than anything McCartney ever came up with. Compare "Instant Karma" to "Silly Love Songs" and it's like two different worlds. It makes me wonder how they ever worked together. But, neither of them came out with anything that made me part with my money after Sgt. Pepper.

--My opinion only, of course.

14 posted on 12/17/2013 2:30:47 PM PST by Baynative (Wake me up early, be good to my dogs and teach my children to pray.)
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To: Baynative
I have never been able to figure out what makes Paul McCartney popular.

Ask some chicks, he always seemed to be much loved by them.

15 posted on 12/17/2013 2:32:52 PM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: a fool in paradise

That doesn’t sound bitter to me. It sounds like a wry observation on relative perspective. He’s never known anything other than being a Beatle, at least as an adult.


16 posted on 12/17/2013 2:35:06 PM PST by Hugin
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To: a fool in paradise
Macca is tight with his money. He's fought parking tickets.

I'm a huge McCartney fan, BTW.

17 posted on 12/17/2013 2:39:13 PM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Scoutmaster

He paid Heather Mills a lot.


18 posted on 12/17/2013 2:50:38 PM PST by jospehm20
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To: Baynative
After the break up John Lennon's music was often closer to rock than anything McCartney ever came up with.

You picked one release from each of them as an example. "Walls and Bridges" and "Imagine" were watery (except "Whatever Gets You through the Night" and the powerful but ultimately boring "Beef Jerky"). His anthem "Imagine" is now more of a lounge club/lefty staple even as Silly Love Songs stays in the Top 40 pop box it was always meant to be in.

Even the album entitled "Rock'n'Roll" is largely populated with slower covers (the released "Stand by Me") and filler (Ya-Ya). Worst cover album of its type since Bowie's Pin-Ups.

Heck, Harrison's "Thanks for the Pepperoni" has more Rock spirit in it than "Instant Karma", "Mind Games" and "Imagine" put together. George managed to put down the sitar for 10 minutes and got some great studio help.

Paul McCartney never pretended to be Aerosmith. He could write pop (Band on the Run, Listen to What the Man Says), country (Sally G), straight rock (Rock Show,Juniors Farm, Jet, Helen Wheels), opera (Liverpool Oratorio), slow rock (Venus and Mars, Letting Go), and could tinker on piano, guitar and bass.

He is not my favorite, but the man has talent, even with half his brain burnt out from weed.

Also, Paul McCartney won't force us to buy a half dozen Yoko Ono tracks to get his last album.
19 posted on 12/17/2013 3:02:05 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: a fool in paradise

He should ask Pete Best.


20 posted on 12/17/2013 3:02:57 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: jospehm20
Yeah. 24.3 million pounds.

Maybe not so much when you consider she asked for 150 million and Macca had offered 15 million.

21 posted on 12/17/2013 3:03:15 PM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Dr. Sivana
"You picked one release from each of them as an example"

Those were the only songs I could think of because I never found either of them interesting. I like music that makes me tap my toe.

22 posted on 12/17/2013 3:09:09 PM PST by Baynative (Wake me up early, be good to my dogs and teach my children to pray.)
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To: Baynative
I like music that makes me tap my toe.

Well, for that I would recommend McCartney's "Venus and Mars" album. For Lennon, I would download "Double Fantasy" and delete the Yoko tracks. Or, you could got light pop and give a listen to Ringo Starr's "Goodnight Vienna". Harrison has no toe-tapping albums.

Or, you could just bag all of the Beatles and pick up an old Billy Joel album. Maybe that's what you already did.
23 posted on 12/17/2013 3:28:36 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Sheesh, McCartney was hamming it up for the Jumbotron. Give the guy a break. It’s not like he bowled over a 5 year old to grab the t-shirt out of her hands.


24 posted on 12/17/2013 3:31:26 PM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: a fool in paradise

Hey, sometimes Paul can drive me crazy but trying to snag a free tee at the ball game is as American as apple pie. I bet he’s given out his share over the years. We should just chill and let the dude enjoy the game and catch a little NBA fever.


25 posted on 12/17/2013 3:31:53 PM PST by circlecity
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To: Baynative
"I can't think of a single thing he's recorded that I can listen to."

Right after the Beatles break up he released some pretty good stuff. "Ram" and "Red Rose Speedway" are as good as pop gets. I think he peaked with "Band on the Run". In an interview Lennon gave to Playboy in the year before he died he said he thought Paul had never gotten the credit he was due for his chops on the bass. Lennon said Paul was easily the best bass player he ever played with by a wide margin.

26 posted on 12/17/2013 3:39:02 PM PST by circlecity
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

So I take it that Travelena has pretty much replaced Don Ho or Wayne Newton for being a schmaltzmeister? There’s room for everybody on Broadway or in Reno. Just think for millions of folks, Neil Diamond can do no wrong, and has a big cult=like following. I’ve never understood that group, but I’m not his usual demographic. More power to them both.


27 posted on 12/17/2013 3:45:31 PM PST by lee martell
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To: Mastador1

RIP. Fred


28 posted on 12/17/2013 3:46:48 PM PST by lee martell
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To: nascarnation

Ask some chicks, he always seemed to be much loved by them.

***
Not this chick.
And nowadays he looks like a chick.


29 posted on 12/17/2013 5:28:49 PM PST by Bigg Red (He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.--Is 40)
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To: HerrBlucher

Pete made about 5,000,000$ from the Anthology 1 royalties. Good for him.


30 posted on 12/17/2013 6:23:43 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/ http://thepurginglutheran.tumblr.com/)
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To: a fool in paradise
Dude isn't even the real Paul McCartney.


31 posted on 12/17/2013 6:25:53 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: a fool in paradise

We held up a poster sized bulls eye target once when they did this at the minor league hockey games. The shooter was determined to hit the target and fired four shirts at us, we got three of them.


32 posted on 12/17/2013 6:34:44 PM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Dr. Sivana; circlecity

Thanks. But, for me there’s no there, there. I like music that is less ‘commercial’. I’ll stick with the blues.


33 posted on 12/17/2013 7:44:54 PM PST by Baynative (Wake me up early, be good to my dogs and teach my children to pray.)
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To: Baynative
"Thanks. But, for me there’s no there, there. I like music that is less ‘commercial’. I’ll stick with the blues."

And that's why there's so many flavors of ice cream.

34 posted on 12/18/2013 4:30:24 AM PST by circlecity
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
He looks like Bruce Jenner now. They must have the same plastic surgeon.

It's just the effect of the plastic surgery he had in the mid 60s when they had to make him look like the real Paul McCartney.

35 posted on 12/19/2013 7:12:48 AM PST by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: pepsi_junkie

The Walrus is Paul.


36 posted on 12/19/2013 7:17:38 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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