Sir Paul McCartney and Beck Rock PETA’s 35th Anniversary Bash at Hollywood Palladium

Tommy Lee and RZA Honored at Vegan Dinner Attended by Kesha and Rob Zombie

For Immediate Release:
October 1, 2015

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Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los AngelesSir Paul McCartney—joined by Beck—performed for a star-studded crowd on Wednesday night at PETA’s sold-out 35th anniversary gala at the Hollywood Palladium. The concert followed a humanitarian awards show hosted by Pamela Anderson and Anjelica Huston. Tommy Lee accepted an award for helping PETA sink SeaWorld, and RZA took the stage to be honored for his vegan campaign for the organization.

Other meat-free musicians in attendance included Rob Zombie, Moby, No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal, and Davey Havok. Guests also included Kesha and Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, both of whom have fronted previous PETA campaigns.

While accepting his award, RZA said, “It’s an award that does not aim to reflect my art—it instead reflects my heart.”

A thrilled Lee later took the podium and said, “PETA and I have the same motto: ‘Anything that’s worth doing is worth overdoing!’ I love working with this kick-ass organization. Sea World sucks! Fur is murder! PETA rules!”

The event also featured the world premiere of PETA’s new animal-adoption spot set to The Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love”—for which McCartney helped PETA obtain rights to free of charge. The 30-second ad can be viewed here.

During his exclusive concert, McCartney told the audience, “When I first heard the name, that’s what appealed to me, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. 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.” The music icon performed a number of hits, including “Let It Be,” “Hey Jude,” “Lady Madonna,” “Drive My Car” (performed with Beck), and an animal rights–themed song that he wrote called “Looking for Changes,” which explores various forms of cruelty to animals in laboratories, such as cosmetic tests on rabbits and tobacco experiments on monkeys.

Photos from the red carpet are available here, behind-the scenes-photos are available here, and photos from the show are available here. A video of Sir Paul McCartney’s performance is available here, and a video of his duet with Beck is available here.

In 35 years, PETA—whose motto reads, “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way”—has grown from a handful of volunteers into the world’s largest animal rights organization, with more than 3 million members and supporters worldwide. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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