Singer and proud vegetarian Paul McCartney performed a career-spanning set at the Hollywood Palladium on Wednesday as part of animal-rights organization PETA’s 35th anniversary gala. Midway into the set, Beck joined him for two Beatles numbers, “I’ve Just Seen a Face” and “Drive My Car.” Official clips of McCartney’s performance, featuring him singing “Drive My Car” with Beck and “Birthday” with his band, are now available.
Prior to McCartney’s performance, the event featured a humanitarian awards presentation, which Pamela Anderson and Anjelica Houston hosted. Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee received a trophy for helping PETA’s activities with SeaWorld, and Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA received one for his vegan campaign. Guests at the event included Kesha, Rob Zombie, Moby, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal and AFI frontman Davey Havok.
“It’s an award that does not aim to reflect my art; it instead reflects my heart,” RZA said in his acceptance speech.
“Sea World sucks! Fur is murder! PETA rules!” Lee commented in his.
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. “When I first heard the name, that’s what appealed to me: ‘People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals,'” the singer said at the event. “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.”
In other McCartney news, the singer is about to embark on a new North American leg of his Out There tour. It begins on October 13th in Columbus and wraps in Buffalo on the 22nd. The musician will also reissue two of his solo albums: 1982’s Tug of War and 1983’s Pipes of Peace. Both releases, out Friday, are available in deluxe editions with bonus audio.