After some research…we have come up with the possible reasons why Paul McCartney has a Detroit Red Wings sticker on his 1964 Epiphone Texan???
1. It was May 7, 1976 that while playing Olympia Stadium in Detroit, a fan gave Paul McCartney a Detroit Red Wings sticker that he stuck on his 1964 Epiphone Texan.
2. For the concert the band used the Red Wings dressing room and McCartney found the logo in the dressing room, liked it and stuck it on his Texan.
3. His band was named “Wings”
4. But it’s probably a combination of all 3 of those accounts.
UPDATE: #1 is the correct answer!!! Before a recent concert in Michigan, Paul McCartney did an on-air interview with a local Detroit classic rock and roll station, WCSX while traveling to the sound check at the Palace. He talked about the Detroit Red Wings sticker on his Epiphone acoustic guitar. He said he was given the sticker by a fan at the Olympia stadium (the former home of the Detroit Red Wings) on the 1976 Wings Tour.
The “Red Wings” guitar is the actual guitar in which Paul recorded “Yesterday“ and the same guitar he played when he sang “Yesterday” on the Ed Sullivan Show. Here’s a photo of Paul playing the “Red Wings” guitar on the Sullivan Show years before the sticker.
McCartney’s original guitar was made in the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1964. The guitar, serial number 194959, was officially a model FT-79N (N for natural finish), that had left the Gibson factory on May 23, 1964. McCartney bought it in New York in 1965. List price at the time was $175, and the case was extra. Today, original Texan guitars are selling for as much as 20 times or more that amount.
The guitar was basically a low-end model when Paul purchased it. In 2006 Epiphone re-issued only 1,964 of this model, and they are producing some exactly as the condition it is now. Including scuff marks and the sticker!
UPDATE #2: Paul added a Pittsburgh Penguins sticker to the guitar in August of 2010. Check it out…