Chris Jericho Shares Why Paul McCartney Thought He Was A Stalker
Fozzy frontman and professional wrestler, Chris Jericho, recalled the first time when he met Paul McCartney during his recent conversation with Anthrax’s Charlie Benante and revealed the reason why the Beatles icon viewed him as a stalker.
Chris Jericho often talked about his admiration for the Beatles in almost every interview he gave. He has mentioned that he has been a fan of the band since his childhood and that their self-titled ninth studio album has had a great influence on him. Also, Jericho highlighted that listening to the band wasn’t very popular during the early ’80s but he didn’t give up being their fans and actually made his first Beatles t-shirt from a newspaper picture.
As it can be seen from his previous conversations about the band, Jericho has been a dedicated Beatles fan for more than thirty years. Therefore, he didn’t miss the chance to meet with his idols when he was invited to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame events by his fans. In one of them, he saw the remaining Beatles members, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney while they were watching Green Day’s performance.
Jericho stated that it was a great opportunity to meet Paul McCartney and he followed the icon when he went to the toilet. He approached McCartney and said that he could protect him if there was any ninja attack as he’s a professional wrestler. Then, McCartney high-fived him and they came across once more during the after-party. According to Jericho McCartney probably thought that he was a stalker and tried to get rid of him when Jericho wanted to talk to him again.
Jericho recalled these times saying:
“We’re allowed to stand on the floor, ’cause Betsy from Rolling Stone got us those passes. However, there’s nowhere to sit because you had to pay, like, 10 grand a seat to be at the tables. So we were in the back, and we kind of had to be walking here and walking there. I noticed, though, when bands played, everyone stood up and no one knows who’s supposed to be where. My cousin was on it — we’ve done this for years — so as soon as everyone stood up to see Green Day, I said, ‘Let’s go to the front.’ Cause, we had seen Paul and Ringo and Olivia — George’s widow — and Yoko at the very front at a table. So we walked straight to the front.
I remember I saw Dave. ‘Hey, Dave, how’s it going?’ Dave Grohl. Kid Rock. ‘What’s up, dude?’ And people kind of staring at you, but you just act like you’re supposed to be there. ‘How’s it going, man? Good to see you.’ They don’t know who you are.We went right to the front, and I was standing right behind Paul and Ringo. There’s energy; he’s f’cking godlike.
Green Day was doing ‘American Idiot’. it goes, ‘Hey.’ Everyone’s going, ‘Hey.’ Paul’s doing it too — he’s super into it: ‘Hey! Hey!’ So when it was done, he started walking down towards the bathroom on one side of the tables, and I was like, ‘Here’s my moment.’ I was walking down the other side of the tables.”
He went on:
“So we finally met in the middle. ‘Oh, wow, Paul. Nice to see you here. Wasn’t Green Day great?’ ‘Oh, they were great, man. It was awesome.’ And I’ was trying to think of something witty to say. He had a security guard in front of him. I said, ‘Listen, I see you’ve got your security guard in front of you.’ I said, ‘I’m behind you. So if any ninjas come to attack you, I’ll fend them off.’ He was kind of looking at me, like, ‘All right, man.’ Then I said ‘High five, Paul,’ and he high-fived me.
After the show was done, we went to the after-party and Paul is sitting with Joe Walsh and their wives. So Paul got up to grab some cheese off the buffet and everyone came around to kind of bother him and whatever. So I’ve done this before — I did it with Bill Murray; I actually did it with Lars before we were friends — where I’ll go up and say, ‘Dude, you need help with these people if you wanna get outta here.’
Then, I went over to Paul. I said ‘Listen, everyone’s bothering you. If you need, I’ll help you get you outta here.’ And he goes, ‘Listen, who are you? Are you a cameraman? Are you security? Who are you?’ He said, ‘Listen, if I need any help with the ninjas, I’ll let you know. Until then, I’m cool. You got it?’ and he was nice but I think he thought I was some kind of stalker. All I could think of when he said that was, ‘F’ck. He remembered the ninjas! My line worked.'”
You can watch the conversation below.