Hollywood celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album with a temporary zebra crosswalk and a speech from longtime fan and friend, actor Patrick Stewart.
Stewart unveiled a sign dedicated to the album at the event. And though he has gone on in life to race cars, he recalled a story (video below) about nervously driving Paul McCartney’s Aston Martin when he was a 24-year-old.
“We drove from Bristol to Bath and back. And all the way Paul kept saying, ‘Come on put your foot down, overtake, overtake.’ And all I could think was, ‘If I killed Paul McCartney …'”
For Stewart, being able to call Paul and Ringo lifelong friends is still surreal.
“I saw Paul and Ringo about six weeks ago, just by accident, by chance in a restaurant. And it is always whenever I meet Paul as though no time has passed at all. He has an immediacy of behavior, a spontaneous way of behaving which is remarkable.”
The Abbey Road album was released Sept. 26, 1969, and was the last one the group recorded together as a band.
A special anniversary edition of the album has been released with new mixes and unreleased session recordings and demos.