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June 20, 2012 / jhsaeger

Chris Cornell, Paul Weller Nod To McCartney On His 70th

   To wrap up a recent trio of Beatles-related posts, Paul Weller and Chris Cornell made two unrelated nods towards Paul McCartney, who turned 70 on Monday. Both Weller and Cornell acknowledged the musician’s birthday through a fun cover of The Beatles’ “Birthday,” which was briefly made available for purchase on Amazon yesterday. The fairly straightforward cover, the most appropriate song that could be played on the occasion, was originally released in 1968’s The Beatles (The White Album) and was also played in 2010 when McCartney joined Ringo Starr and his All-Starr band in New York City
   Cornell, for his part, played “A Day In The Life” from 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band while at a show at London’s Palladium Theatre. Cornell, who is currently touring in support of his unplugged album Songbook, remarked on McCartney’s birthday and kingthood and taxes before doing as good of a job recreating the song’s chaotic snippets with a single acoustic guitar as one possibly can. The former Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman also tossed in covers of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd onto the show’s setlist, but his cover of one of Long After Dark’s favorite Beatles songs is clearly a standout moment on his recently-acquired lengthy list of covers:

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