Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder confessed recently that he had been punched in the face by the Paul McCartney. The iconic Beatle, solo artist and legally-certified Knight allegedly boasts a mean left-hook.
According to the amusing firsthand account, whether or not the hit is a display of malice or simply an accidental slip-up makes no difference in diluting the power delivered by McCartney’s flying fists.
Vedder revealed that he fell victim to this discovery many years ago while hanging out with the legendary rocker in Seattle (because of course that’s where such events go to manifest in reality). The city, known as the turn-of-the-century mecca for alt-rock music, made for a poetically ironic backdrop for the grunge pioneer’s tale of getting decked by a Beatle solely for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Fans hoping for a juicy recollection of urban myth-esque beef would have been left disappointed, however; it was all just an accident. According to Vedder, the musical pair were sitting in a hotel bar, drinking and exchanging stories when McCartney excitedly began to tell the story of a time he had punched a man in the past.
Unfortunately, he may have become just a bit too animated in acting out the memory. A bit of poorly-judged timing resulted in Vedder’s face catching the brunt of the British rocker’s self-mimicking swing at full force.
“I remember tasting a bit of blood. And I remember when it went away, when the pain subsided and the swelling went down, I kind of missed it,” he joked, poking fun at the fortunately unfortunate situation one is presented when punched by Sir Paul McCartney.
Vedder made a point of adding that true to his reputation, McCartney apologized profusely before continuing to tell his story, thus gifting fans the unsurprising revelation that Paul McCartney is still pleasant while punching you in the face.
The Pearl Jam pioneer shared the anecdote on Monday while serving as an honorary guest DJ on SiriusXM’s Beatles channel. The radio station began airing just weeks ago (having originally launched on May 18th) with the goal of broadcasting exclusively tracks from the Beatles’ extensive discography every hour of the day, every day of the year. Its rollout comes in coordination with the 50-year anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.