Sir Paul McCartney unveiled his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday (February 9, 2012). The rocker is surprisingly the last of The Beatles to be recognized on the legendary walk of Hollywood A-listers, though he paid tribute to his fellow Liverpudlians at the ceremony, reports the Press Association.
Somewhat fittingly, MCCartney's star takes pride-of-place outside the Capitol Records building, and the British star was introduced by Canadian musician Neil Young to a bustling crowd of fans in Los Angeles. Sir Paul said, "Way back in history, in Liverpool when we were kids and we were listening to Buddy Holly and all the rock 'n' roll greats, I would have never thought that the day would come when I'd be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame". MCCartney touchingly paid tribute to his fellow band-mates Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison, saying, "I couldn't have done it certainly without three boys so I want to say thanks to those guys". Drummer Ringo was scheduled to attend the ceremony, but was feeling "a little under the weather", though Sir Paul was joined by his new wife Nancy Shevell and son James. It's already shaping up to be a big year for the veteran singer-songwriter, having been announced as the headliner for a spectacular musical tribute to the Queen, marking her Diamond Jubilee in London. The former Beatle will be the main attraction in a concert-line-up boasting a plethora of stars, including Gary Barlow, Tom Jones and Annie Lennox. He is also scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (12 February 2012), where fellow British star Adele is expected to dominate.
Meanwhile, MCCartney's latest album 'Kisses on the Bottom' has been received favorably by critics, with the New York Times suggesting, "The music ... floats over you like a light mist on a cool spring morning in an English garden as the sun glints through the haze". Uncut magazine were equally complimentary, saying, "This album is made with care, love and expertise and it shows on every song". Though no dates have been confirmed, it is likely that Sir Paul will head out on the tour in support of the album later in the year.