Paul McCartney Surprises Fans at Capitol Records Event

Paul McCartney was a surprise guest in Los Angeles Wednesday (Aug. 8) at Capitol Music Group’s fifth annual Capitol Congress at the Hollywood Arclight theater, Variety reports.

During the event–which kicked off with opening remarks by Universal Music Group Chairman & CEO Sir Lucian Grainge–the former Beatles icon made an appearance on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast. He  subsequently presented with the Capitol Icon Award by the record label’s chairman and CEO, Steve Barnett.

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Asked his reaction to the Fab Four song “Helter Skelter,” which he wrote, being the “soundtrack to a murderer”-cult leader Charles Manson–McCartney was candid.

“For years I wouldn’t do that song. I felt like if I did it, it would be a victory for [Manson],” he said. “Then I thought, ‘Wait a minute, I wrote it!'”

 McCartney also delved into the creation of his forthcoming Egypt Station album, the early days of The Beatles, and his thoughts on The Rolling Stones.

“They’re great,” he said of The Stones. “We go back a long way and there was never really a rivalry.”

In addition, Lyft and Capitol Records teased an upcoming partnership in support of Egypt Station.