Anyone in their right mind would think that a big name like Paul McCartney would rake in millions for a stadium performance, but guess again. After his performance during the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony, it is reported that McCartney was paid the modest sum of one pound.
Not just McCartney, but all of the performers during the Opening Ceremony donated their time, according to the Associated Press. They all received one pound for their performances, and after exchanging that to American dollars it equates to $1.57.
Rolling Stone reported that McCartney played “Hey Jude,” which was followed by the Arctic Monkeys cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together” as well as their own “I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor.” They were joined by other performers Dizzee Rascal, Mike Oldfield and Emile Sande as well.
The Associated Press confirmed that all of the performers were aware that they would be donating their time to play at the event. Olympic Organizers paid them the nominal fee of one pound just to make their contracts binding.