Days before the 50th anniversary of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” The Beatles’ remaining members were spotted celebrating with some fellow legends in Hollywood.
Spies said that on Friday night, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were sitting at a corner table at LA Italian eatery the Ponte with Eagles rocker Joe Walsh, country star Vince Gill and Jack Nicholson. Paul and Ringo were next to each other in the group.
The Ponte is the new hot spot opened by NYC chef Scott Conant.The album’s 50th anniversary is June 1.
Paul said last week on his Web site of creating the classic, “What really happened was, I was coming back from a trip abroad with our roadie . . . and we were eating and he mumbled to me, asked me to pass the salt and pepper. And I misheard him. He said, ‘[mumbles] saltandpepper.’ I go, ‘Sgt. Pepper?’ I thought he said, ‘Sgt. Pepper.’ I went, ‘Oh! Wait a minute, that’s a great idea!’ So we had a laugh about it, then I started thinking about Sgt. Pepper as a character. I thought it would be a very interesting idea for us to assume alter egos for this album we were about to make.”
As far as which historical faces made the iconic cover, Macca revealed, “Someone brought [up] Hitler. And that was vetoed immediately.”