It all went down in the corner of a hotel bar somewhere in Seattle where McCartney was waxing lyrical about how he belted someone. As the veteran bass player demonstrated his left jab, he inadvertently caught the local rocker in the face.
“He hit me. He didn't quite pull back the punch you see,” recounts Vedder in an interview aired on SiriusXM’s Beatles Channel. “As I was listening I was thinking, Paul McCartney just hit me in the face and it hurt. I think I remember tasting a bit of blood, he got me right on the side...and he apologized quickly so it wouldn't get in the way of the story.”