McCartney too busy for Sgt Pepper’s 40th anniversary

Updated on May 17, 2007 01:04 PM IST
Busy promoting his upcoming album, the ex-Beatle can't spare the time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sgt Pepper.
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ANI | By, London

Singer and song-writer Sir Paul McCartney is reportedly so busy promoting his upcoming album Memory Almost Full that he has no time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his former band Beatles’ 1967 hit Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

According to a source, it is important for the 64-year-old to focus on his new album, as it is set to be released on June 4.

“While he’s obviously extremely proud of Sergeant Pepper’s, it’s more rewarding for him to be concentrating on making sure his new album’s a commercial success,” the Daily Express quoted the source, as saying.

The former Beatle stars actively participated to mark the 20th anniversary of the eighth album, but this time the surviving band mates McCartney and Ringo Starr will be missing.

“When it was the 20th anniversary of Sergeant Pepper’s in 1987, the then three surviving Beatles were all very involved and appeared on a much-publicised ITV documentary to mark the date,” the source said.

“While it would have been nice to see Paul and Ringo Starr do something to mark the occasion this time around, Sir Paul is simply going to be too busy promoting his new album to make a big deal out of it,” he added.

However even though the Beatles won’t be around, Noel Gallagher’s rock band Oasis and new wave rock band The Kaiser Chiefs will record a new version of the classic mark its anniversary.

The new version will be broadcast on Radio 2 next month.

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