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Paul McCartney’s Red Wings sticker guitar returns to Detroit this October!

Classic rock fans will be pining to get to Little Caesars Arena on October 1st when, for the third time since 2011, the Motor City will be hosting musical royalty. Sir Paul McCartney is bringing his One On One tour to Detroit on October 1!

Of course, he’s best known for being a founding member and principal singer/songwriter of The Beatles, the greatest and most influential group in music history. Following their breakup in 1970, he went on to form the band Wings, and then later continued a successful solo career.

But why does his Epiphone Texan guitar he wrote and plays the classic ballad “Yesterday” on have the Red Wings logo on it?

The story goes that when Paul and his band Wings played Olympia Stadium in Detroit in 1976, an Olympia employee figured that the Wings frontman should have a Red Wings sticker. The legendary logo was added to the legendary musician’s guitar, and it’s been there ever since.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Kalamazoo made guitar is also the same one he played the Ed Sullivan Show while still with The Beatles.

Paul himself touched on the issue recently during a Q&A session on his website blog:

“We were on a Wings tour quite a while ago and when we played Detroit somebody gave me a Red Wings sticker, which I liked the look of, so I stuck it on my guitar and I have kept it there ever since.”

Of course, Paul’s guitar also now features a Pittsburgh Penguins logo. Why? Desperate for attention, they asked him to place the flightless bird sticker on the guitar that’s borne the Red Wings logo for several decades before he opened the new Consol Energy Center in 2010. Odd how 28 other teams never had that self-centered request, eh?

Paul explained:

“It does make it a little awkward when I go to places like Pittsburgh and the Mayor of the town offers me a Penguin sticker to put alongside!”

Paul played sold out shows in 2011 and 2015 at Comerica Park and Joe Louis Arena, respectively. He also played Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena in August of 2016.

Written by Michael Whitaker

Always at the front lines of Detroit Sports.

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