Nine Little Known Facts About Paul McCartney and The Beatles in California

By Alyssa Pereira
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Musician Paul McCartney performs at Dodger Stadium on August 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Musician Paul McCartney performs at Dodger Stadium on August 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

The stories that Paul McCartney has would probably fill 1,000 books. There is surely no shortage of hilarious incidents and historical moments that he has been a part of, and tonight is one of those times.

To celebrate Candlestick Park’s last event, we put together a list of nine lesser known facts about Paul and the Beatles, and their experiences in California.

1. Paul McCartney once declared that The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” was his favorite song.

2. A passing comment made by George Harrison about the fact that the Beatles’ favorite candy were jelly beans prompted the crowd at the 1964 Cow Palace show to toss the candy at the band throughout the night’s set.

3. When McCartney played Coachella in 2009, he went “50+ minutes” over the curfew, which costed Goldenvoice $1,000 per minute. The festival apparently decided it was worth it.

4. Paul McCartney didn’t get his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame until 2012.

5. They left the Cow Palace after that night’s set in an ambulance, not that they were injured—they were just avoiding Beatle-manic fans).

 

6. The Beatles final tour stop ever was on August 29, 1966 in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, San Francisco.

7. They hated Haight-Ashbury the first time they visited:

We were expecting Haight-Ashbury to be special, a creative and artistic place, filled with Beautiful People, but it was horrible – full of ghastly drop-outs, bums and spotty youths, all out of their brains. Everybody looked stoned – even mothers and babies – and they were so close behind us they were treading on the backs of our heels. It got to the point where we couldn’t stop for fear of being trampled. Then somebody said, ‘Let’s go to Hippie Hill,’ and we crossed the grass, our retinue facing us, as if we were on stage. They looked as us expectantly – as if George was some kind of Messiah.

8. Exactly nine days after their iconic 1964 Cow Palace show, Bob Dylan introduced the Beatles to cannabis.

9. And lastly, Paul McCartney will play the last show at Candlestick Park tonight, August 14, 2014.

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