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article imageOld Beatle Paul McCartney whiffs 'some pretty good weed' at gig

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 16, 2013 in Entertainment
The Beatles were a big part of the cultural revolution in the sixties and stories of their becoming acquainted with marijuana made the rounds. Some things you never forget and that's the case with old Beatle Paul McCartney at a festival in Tennessee.
Members of the crowd at his Bonnaroo Festival performance on Friday were passing about joints and the smell managed to make its way up to the stage.
McCartney no longer smokes pot but the 70-year-old still has a nose for the stuff. In the midst of a monster set, he stopped the music to make a comment. "That's some pretty good weed I can smell up here," he said. "Whew! What are you doing to me?"
The Beatles, Bob Dylan and marijuana
It has long been written that the Beatles first tried marijuana with Bob Dylan in New York at the Delmonico Hotel in 1964. McCartney had arrests for pot and was once tossed out of Japan for possession. A former wife, Heather Mills, said he use to smoke marijuana daily.
But he does not smoke at all anymore, in part because he's bringing up a young daughter, Beatrice, who's 9, and at McCartney's age he doesn't feel marijuana is helpful. "I smoked my share. When you’re bringing up a youngster, your sense of responsibility does kick in, if you’re lucky, at some point," he told the Daily Mail last year.
"Enough’s enough - you just don’t seem to think it’s necessary."
With only the smell of marijuana in his blood, the septuagenarian and band still delighted the audience in Tennessee. He sang 38 songs from his, and their, past, including 'All My Lovin', 'The Long and Winding Road', 'Maybe I'm Amazed', 'Let it Be' and 'Hey Jude'.
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