Sir Paul McCartney nearly missed out on playing a gig for U.S. President Barack Obama last month (Jun10) after he was turned away by security guards at the White House.
The Beatles legend arrived at the iconic building in Washington, D.C. ahead of his scheduled performance for the president, but the rocker and his band were not allowed through the strict security checks.
Guards on the gate eventually sent MCCartney to a different entrance, but the delay left the musician fearing he would miss the gig.
He tells the Associated Press, "Getting through the security of the White House (was memorable). For the rehearsal, we got through fine. But for the actual gig, we were sort of not let in.
"At the gate we said, 'We're the entertainment.' He (the security guard) said, 'No, you'll have to walk around the other block.' It was heavy traffic, so we're going, 'Oh geesh. Wouldn't you just know it'."