Q. Why Does Paul McCartney have a Detroit Red Wings sticker on his 1964 Epiphone Texan Acoustic Guitar???
After years of myths and speculation, the mystery seems to have finally been solved. Paul McCartney recently recounted how and when he added the sticker to his guitar in an online Q-&-A in 2014:
“We were on a Wings tour quite a while ago and when we played Detroit somebody gave me a Red Wings sticker, which I liked the look of, so I stuck it on my guitar and I have kept it there ever since.”
As the story goes, the sticker was given to McCartney by an employee of Olympia Stadium named Mike Kudzia (SEE COMMENTS BELOW STORY) on May 7, 1976 during the first night of two “Wings Over America Tour” concerts in Detroit, Michigan. The wing logo actually makes a lot of sense for the simple fact his band was named Wings!!!
The “Red Wings Guitar” is the actual guitar that McCartney used in recording The Beatles “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 11 years before the sticker.
Coincidently, McCartney’s original guitar was made in the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The right-handed guitar model Epiphone Texan FT-79 (N for natural finish) with the serial #194959 left the Gibson factory on May 23, 1964 and was bought by McCartney in New York in sometime in 1965. List price at the time was only $175.00 as it was considered a low-end model when he purchased it.
It was a great long-term investment because McCartney almost always plays this guitar when he performs “Yesterday”.
In 2006, Epiphone re-issued only 1,964 of this model, and they are producing some exactly as the condition it is now. Including all the scuff marks and the sticker!!! (Autograph Not Included)
UPDATE: In August of 2010, McCartney (under a bit of pressure) added the sticker of another NHL Hockey team to the guitar. To find out why he added the Pittsburgh Penguins sticker to the legendary guitar, click the photo or link below.