Saturday 18 June will complete 80 years old. And just like his old rival friends the Rolling Stones (Jagger and Richards will celebrate them next year) he’ll be celebrating his birthday on tour. True to promises, Sir Paul McCartney is in the United States with “Got Back”, his new concert series that has an almost inevitable title: on the one hand it indicates the return to live after the pandemic, during which he recorded “III”, his latest solo album, on the other, he plays with “Get Back”, the title of the formidable, and in some respects shocking for beauty and depth of discoveries, documentary by Peter Jackson on the making of “Let It Be”. Nobody, neither the fans nor “Macca”, can today reflect on the Beatles without thinking about those images: and in fact in his concerts Paul has some clips projected until he launches, a sign that time soothes wounds and pains, in a virtual duet with John Lennon on “I Got A Feeling”.

And already: still i Beatles. And how could it not be so? And to think that they broke up in 1970, when McCartney was 28 and had already done what probably no one else in the history of popular music could: change the world. Between that date that still hurts fans and today, 52 years have passed during which Paul has built a career that would have earned him a place in history anyway. But the Beatles are and will remain a separate story, a magic of history, unrepeatable. To play the songs written with Lennon live, McCartney waited for the dissolution of the Wings and the unforgettable world tour, between 1989 and 1990 that gave fans the wonder of those melodies played with a super band made in the UK. Thirty years later he is still touring with the energy to play 36 songs and fly the Ukrainian flag. Also from the point of view of commitment he has never pulled back: he is a vegetarian, in the front row with the movement for the cancellation of the debt of Third World countries and to make the teaching of music in schools compulsory. Particularly not negligible is he too one of the richest musicians in the world.

Beyond an enviable health, his strength was not to remain a prisoner of the Beatles: after the first years in which he tried in some way to detach himself from it, he simply became aware of being a unique character and went on to tackle different projects, including compositions of cultured music or for films, animating the most diverse collaborations, always keeping himself vital and well inserted in the present thanks to music and his immense personal prestige. If between one concert and another he has the time to think about making some balance the worst that can happen to him is to feel some sting of nostalgia. For the rest it will be just the umpteenth opportunity to look at his story as a boy from Liverpool, (before the Beatles a city that did not exist for show business), which grew up after the war and with three friends through music changed the meaning forever. writing songs himself, crosses the 1900s and enjoys the 21st century with a well-deserved reputation as a legend. It is difficult to ask destiny for more.