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Sir Paul was knighted in 1997. In 1965, he and the rest of the Beatles received Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) honors.

The Day Sir Paul McCartney Punched Eddie Vedder In The Face

No, it’s not folklore, this happened in rock and roll history. Paul McCartney is known for writing a great music hook, but he’s also connected to hitting Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder.

The pair were chatting at a hotel bar in Eddie Vedder’s hometown of Seattle. Paul McCartney was telling a tale of each moment when his forceful jab turned out to be less of a demonstration and more so the real punch. Paul McCartney ended up re-enacting the punch, full force, on Eddie Vedder. Eddie had a busted lip and tasted blood. Kind of like the Beatle’s song, “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” came down on Eddie’s face. Eddie explains in his own words how he got punched:

Eddie Vedder

Eddie Vedder

Paul McCartney tells the stories of the Beatle’s cavern days and scuffs while playing in Germany with his pal John Lennon. I’m sure there was a scrum or two during the Fab Four days. I wonder if MMA cage fights would have rockers settle their beef with each other in the ring. Who wouldn’t pay to see a fight club of  David Lee Roth going up against Gene Simmons, Roger Waters vs. David Gilmour, Lindsey Buckingham vs. Stevie Nicks, and Cory Taylor vs everyone? Till that time, we can just enjoy our favorite artists, “Belting,” out our favorite tunes.


34 Rockin' June Birthdays

34 Rockin’ June Birthdays

June is the kick-off month for summer, right? Well, June is also the month that brings on some rockin’ June birthdays! From the lead singers, drummers, solo artists, and more, there are plenty of birthdays to celebrate all year round. But which classic rockers have a birthday in June? Find out below and rock out to June by celebrating these rockers’ June birthdays:

  • June 1st - Jim McCarty

    Detroit native, James William McCarty was born on June 1st, 1945 in Detroit. Jim McCarty was the guitarist for Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels.

    Five Live Yardbirds

    4th August 1966: The English psychedelic blues band the Yardbirds, (from left) Jim McCarty, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Chris Dreja and lead singer Keith Relf. (Photo by George Stroud/Express/Getty Images)


  • June 1st - Ronnie Wood

    Ronnie Wood, born Ronald Davis Wood on June 1st, 1947 in Hillingdon, England, was made an official Rolling Stone guitarist on April 23rd, 1976. He has been a staple of the Stones ever since.

    The Rolling Stones Play Earls Court

    British singer Mick Jagger and British guitarist Ronnie Wood as The Rolling Stones perform at Earls Court, as part of their Tour of Europe ’76, London, England, May 1976. (Photo by John Minihan/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • June 2nd - Charlie Watts

    Another Rolling Stones birthday! This time the amazing Charlie Watts, drummer for the Rolling StonesCharlie Robert Watts was born on June 2nd, 1941 in Bloomsbury, London. Charlie Watts, unfortunately, passed away at the age of 80 in 2021. He is also featured in our Best Drummers of All Time article.

    Charlie's New Haircut

    Drummer Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, at a British concert and sporting a new David Bowie style feather cut. (Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


  • June 2nd - Johnny Bee Badanjek

    Johnny Bee Badanjek was born on June 2nd, 1948. He was the drummer in the band Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels.

  • June 3rd - Ian Hunter

    Ian Hunter Patterson was born on June 3rd, 1939 in Oswestry, Shropshire, England. He is best known as the lead singer of Mott the Hoopie.

  • June 3rd - Mickey Finn

    Michael Norman Finn was born on June 3rd, 1947 in Croydon, Surrey, England. He is best known as the percussionist for T-Rex.

  • June 3rd - Suzi Quatro

    Suzi Quatro, was born Susan Kay Quatro on June 3rd, 1950 in Detroit. So many June Detroit Rock B-days. Suzi Quatro sold over 50 million records world-wide. She had more success overseas than in the States.

    Suzi Quatro With Leopard

    American singer-songwriter and musician Suzi Quatro poses with a stuffed leopard, UK, August 1973. (Photo by Kaye/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • June 3rd - Billy Powell

    William Norris Powell was born on June 3rd, 1952 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Billy Powell was a roadie for Lynyrd Skynyrd till 1972, while a break was happening, Billy sat down at the piano and showed off some serious skills. They immediately made Billy their keyboardist.

  • June 5th - Michael Davis

    Bassist for both MC5 and Destroy All Monsters. Michael Davis was born on June 5th, 1943. He dropped out of Wayne State’s art program and joined the MC5 in 1964. And then after being released from prison on a drug charge, he joined Destroy All Monsters.

  • June 8th - Boz Scaggs

    William Royce “Boz” Scaggs was born on June 8th, 1944 in Canton, Ohio. Other than having one of the coolest names, Boz Scaggs, played in the Steve Miller Band. His best hits were “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown”.

    2013 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal - Day 3

    MONTREAL, CANADA – JUNE 30: Boz Scaggs performs during day three of 2013 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal on June 30, 2013 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Raffi Kirdi/Getty Images)

  • June 9th - Jon Lord

    Co-founder of the band Deep Purple, John Douglas Lord was born on June 9th, 1941 in Leicester, England. Jon Lord mainly played keyboards and composed.

    Deep Purple

    Keyboard player Jon Lord of newly-formed rock band Deep Purple, 1969. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • June 9th - Frank Beard

    Frank Beard, born on June 9th, 1949 in Frankston, Texas, joined ZZ Top as their drummer in 1969. Ironically Frank BEARD is the only member without a beard.

  • June 12th - Brad Delp

    Bradley Edward Delp was born on June 12th, 1951 in Peabody, Massachusetts. Brad Delp was the original lead vocalist for the band Boston.

  • June 12th - Bun E. Carlos

    Bun E. Carlos, born Brad M. Carlson, was the original drummer for Cheap Trick. His birthday is June 12th, 1950.

    Jack's First Show

    IRVINE, CA – AUGUST 19: Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick performs at Jack’s First Show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California on August 19, 2006. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)

  • June 14th - Steve Hunter

    A guitarist that has worked with a plethora of bands including Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, and Peter Gabriel.
    Steve Hunter was born on June 14th, 1948.


  • June 14th - Alan White

    Alan White spent 50 years drumming for YES. He was born on June 14th, 1949, in Pelton, County Durham, England. He passed away last year, in May 2022.

    An Evening With Yes - New York, NY

    NEW YORK, NY – JULY 09: Alan White from Yes performs at Radio City Music Hall on July 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

  • June 14th - Steve Walsh

    Steve Walsh was born on June 15th, 1951 in St. Louis, Missouri. He is best known for his long time with the band Kansas.

  • June 17th - Gregg Rolie

    Gregg Rolie, born Gregg Alan Rolie on June 17th, 1947 in Seattle, Washington was the lead singer on both Journey and Santana. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.

    Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band In Concert In Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 13: Keyboardist Gregg Rolie performs with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on November 13, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • June 18th - Paul McCartney

    One of the four key components of one of the most amazing bands ever, The Beatles. SIR Paul McCartney was born James Paul McCartney on June 18th, 1942 in Liverpool, England. What can be said about Paul? His iconic songs like “Black Bird” and “Yesterday” have been played more than “Happy Birthday”! His Wiki is a mile long and still going as he never stops performing and creating.


  • June 19th - Ann Wilson

    Lead singer for Heart. Ann Wilson was born on June 19th, 1950 in San Diego, California. Heart also includes her younger sister, Nancy Wilson.


  • June 20th - Michael Anthony

    Michael Anthony Sobolewski was born on June 20th, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois. Michael Anthony was bassist and backup vocals for Van Halen from 1974 to 2006.

    Sammy Hagar Performs At Ak-Chin Pavilion

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA – SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar of Sammy Hagar and the Circle perform at Ak-Chin Pavilion on September 07, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • June 21st - Ray Davies

    Sir Raymond Douglas Davies was born on June 21st, 1944 in London, England. Ray Davies did a lot in the band The Kinks. He was the lead vocalist, main songwriter, and rhythm guitarist.

  • June 21st - Joey Molland

    Joseph Charles Molland was born on June 21st, 1947 in Edge Hill, Liverpool. Molland found the most success with the band Badfinger.

    Joey Molland

    Portrait of musician Joey Molland, of the band ‘Gary Walker and the Rain’, circa 1967. (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

  • June 22nd - Bobby Harrison

    Robert Leslie Harrison was born on June 22, 1939. He pass in January of 2022. He is best known for being the drummer and vocalist for Procol Harum.

  • June 25th - Clint Warwick

    Clint Warwick aka Albert Eccles, was born on June 25th, 1940. Clint Warwick was the bassist in the band The Moody Blues.

    The Moody Blues

    English rock band the Moody Blues prepare to release five birds into their air, UK, 3rd September 1964. From left to right, Graeme Edge, Ray Thomas, Clint Warwick, Denny Laine, Mike Pinder. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)



  • June 25th - Ian McDonald

    Ian Richard McDonald founding member of King Crimson in 1968 and Foreigner in 1976. Ian Richard McDonald was born on June 25th, 1946 in Osterley, England. He passed last year in February 2022.


  • June 25th - Allen Lanier

    Allen Glover Lanier was born on June 25th, 1946 in Birmingham, Alabama. He was one of the original members of the Blue Oyster Cult. Allen Lanier wrote songs for the band such as  “True Confessions” and “Tenderloin”.


  • June 25th - David Paich

    You can’t have Toto without David Paich! Born on June 25th, 1954 in Los Angeles, California. He is the co-founder and main songwriter for Toto since 1977.

    2016 NAMM Show, Day 2: She Rocks Awards, Dr. John, Josh Devine

    ANAHEIM, CA – JANUARY 22: Keyboardist David Paich performs on stage during day 2 of the 2016 NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 22, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)


  • June 26th - Mick Jones

    Michael Geoffrey Jones was born June 26th, 1955 in Wandsworth, London, England. Best known as one of the co-founders of The Clash.

  • June 26th - Stef Burns

    Born June 26th, 1959. Stef Burns was a member of the band Huey Lewis and the News.


  • June 28th - David Knights

    Another Procul Harum member, David Knights born on the same day as Bobby Harrison. Born on June 28th, 1945. David Knights was the original bass guitarist in Procul Harum. 


  • June 28th - David "Frankie" Toler

    Frankie Toler was born on June 28th, 1951. He was a drummer with the Allman Brothers.

  • June 29th - Ian Paice

    Another drummer’s birthday! Ian Anderson Paice was born on June 29th, 1948 in Nottingham, England. And another June Deep Purple birthday. Ian Paice was the original Deep Purple drummer.

  • June 30th - Hal Lindes

    Hal Andrew Lindes was born on June 30th, 1953 in Monterey, California. He is a film score composer and was the guitarist of Dire Straits. He was a member of Dire Straits from 1980 to 1985.

    BAFTA Brits to Watch: The Screenings With Richard Laxton

    LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 17: Musician and BAFTA member Hal Lindes attends the BAFTA Brits to Watch: The Screening of Burton and Taylor With Richard Laxton at WME Screening Room on October 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)

Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been a part of the Detroit airwaves for over 29 years with 26 at WRIF and 3 years as a morning show host at Z-Rock. When he’s not out on the streets, you can find him in his game room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also devotes time doing local charities with his, "Screamin Angels"; and for 15 years with Rock 4 Tots charity. “CHIT” is his local cover band for 10 years all over the Motor City in local bars and has graced the main stage at local festivals like Arts, Beats & Eats warming up for national acts like Cheap Trick, Guess Who & even Salt & Peppa. Screamin’ is the lead singer and also plays cowbell & lead triangle

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