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That Time Paul McCartney Punched Eddie Vedder in the Face

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In a guest DJ spot today for Sirius XM’s new Beatles channel, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder recalled the time Paul McCartney punched him in the face. Sure, it was an accident, and Macca immediately apologized, but didn’t let the incident get in the way of finishing his tale.

As you can hear above, the two were hanging out at a Seattle hotel bar years ago, where McCartney was regaling him with a story about getting into a fight with another gentleman. With a bit of laughter, Vedder shared, “He kind of was illustrating how he hit this guy. And when he did that, he shot out his left arm as if he was hitting this guy. And I was standing there and I got hit. He hit me. He didn’t quite pull back the punch, you see.

“The story kept on and it was a great, incredible personal story. And I caught the end of it, but as I was listening, I was thinking, “Paul McCartney just hit me in the face, and it hurt. I think I remember tasting a bit of blood. And he apologized, quickly, so it wouldn’t get in the way of the story. Fascinating story. A great time in my life, actually, to be hit by Paul McCartney. I remember when it went away, when the swelling went down and the pain kind of subsided, I kind of missed it,” he quipped.

Vedder’s guest spot was the first for the channel. Upcoming DJs include Don Henley, Ron Howard and Billy Joel.

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