It would be next to impossible not to have an epic musical extravanganza at the London Olympics without one of the Beatles. The legendary British rock band has had a profound effect on pop music on a global scale. That means Paul McCartney pretty much had the International Olympic Committee in the palm of his hand. If they wanted him to perform, they had to pay him whatever he wanted just to get him to look at the stadium's stage.
So just try to picture in your mind the figure that McCartney got to cash in on his paycheck. In fact, just take a guess. Let your imagination run wild. I can pretty much guarantee that whatever number you picked wasn't anywhere near the amount he was actually paid, according to the AFP.
A spokeswoman for the Games told the press that McCartney and the rest of the music acts and performers "basically gave their services for free."
However, they still had to sign a contract to participate and that requires some form of payment to make the whole thing legal. So technically, pretty much all of the bands and performers who joined in the opening ceremony were paid a single Euro. That amounts to around $1.60 in American money.
I'd have a joke about that if that wasn't the classiest thing I've ever heard a musician do in my lifetime.
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