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Paul McCartney has been a long time support of PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – in a 2005 interview, he explained:
Twenty years ago when you talked about animal rights, people didn’t know what you were talking about. But with the help of PETA, people have been exposed to knowledge over the years and have learned what it’s about—just how cruel we as a species are to our fellow inhabitants of the Earth. When I first heard of PETA, the idea that it would be called People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals appealed to me because it was elegant and gentle about the idea that we simply just need to treat them ethically. I think the idea has grown from that platform, and now it’s a huge voice for animal awareness.
From the PETA website, about the concert for the 35th anniversary of the organization:
To top off the night, Sir Paul McCartney and Beck gave performances that had everyone on their feet!
During his concert, McCartney told the audience, “When I first heard the name, that’s what appealed to me, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. I thought that was really a very dignified, very cool title. They’ve got 35 years of saving so many animals. And we love them.”
He performed a number of hits, including “Let It Be,” “Hey Jude,” “Lady Madonna,” “Drive My Car” (performed with Beck), and an animal rights–themed song that he wrote called “Looking for Changes.”
From RollingStone, October 1st 2015:
The event also served as the place where PETA launched a new campaign featuring the Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love.” McCartney helped the organization obtain the licensing rights to use the song for free.
Last updated on September 20, 2020
This was the 1st and only concert played at Hollywood Palladium.
Setlist for the concert