Sir Paul McCartney made a charismatic, typically charming return to the Ed Sullivan Theater, the site of the Beatles’ first TV performance in the U.S.. Only this time he played for David Letterman and fans atop the “Late Show” marquee in New York City on July 15. Above, watch McCartney perform The Beatles’ “Back in the USSR.”
But it was his comments to Letterman about Michael Jackson that caused tongues and websites to wag. Calling Jackson “a lovely man, massively talented,” McCartney mentioned their two collaborations, “The Girl Is Mine” and “Say Say Say,” then said their friendship soured when Jackson purchased ownership of the Beatles song publishing, outbidding McCartney himself. “That’s just business, Paul,” he said Jackson explained.
“We’ve never kind of got to it, and I thought ‘hmmm,’ so we kind of drifted apart,” he said, adding: “There was no big bustup.”