Breakfast music: “Yesterday,” the most covered song in history, started life as “Scrambled Eggs” until McCartney could think of some better lyrics.
Liverpudlian Frodo: J.R.R. Tolkien himself killed the Beatles’ plan to make a mop-topped “Lord of the Rings,” featuring McCartney as Frodo, John Lennon as Gollum, George Harrison as Gandalf and Ringo Starr as some bloke named Sam.
That’s Detective McCartney to you: The NYPD recognized McCartney’s charity concerts for 9/11 survivors by naming him an honorary detective in a 2002 ceremony at Madison Square Garden. “So whoever is smoking that stuff I can smell, I am going to bust you,” he joked to the audience.
Same difference: The 1978 parody film “The Rutles: All You Need is Cash” — starring Monty Python’s Eric Idle as the McCartney-esque Dirk McQuickly — featured songs such as “Cheese and Onions” off the album “Yellow Submarine Sandwich.”
Crime lord: McCartney’s song “Penny Lane” has driven countless people to lives of larceny. After countless people swiped the real-life signs marking Penny Lane, the city of Liverpool gave up and just started painting the name on nearby buildings.
Live and let pie: McCartney shot down Weird Al’s request to parody “Live and Let Die” as “Chicken Pot Pie,” citing his vegetarian philosophy.
For who: Even though George Harrison wrote “For You Blue,” it’s also McCartney’s favorite color.
Not a lot happening in Hamburg: Young McCartney and pre-Ringo Starr drummer Pete Best were once deported from Germany for nailing a condom to the wall and lighting it on fire, apparently as a makeshift torch.
He’s not really dead: In 1969, a rumor spread that the real McCartney had been killed and a doppelganger named William Campbell was really wielding his bass guitar. Clues were supposedly sprinkled around the Beatles’ discography, including barefoot Paul representing a corpse on the cover of “Abbey Road.”
Before his time: In pre-Beatle days, McCartney wrote the song “When I’m Sixty-Four” on his family’s piano when he was “around 15.”
IF YOU GO
Where: Candlestick Park, 490 Jamestown Ave, S.F.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Tickets: $50 to $250
Contact: (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com