DETROIT - In town for a concert last summer, Paul McCartney made his first-ever visit to Detroit's Motown Museum, the legendary two-story "Hitsville USA" building where a generation's worth of musical gems were created.
McCartney "was just thrilled to be in the space," said Lina Stephens, the museum's curator, who gave McCartney and his bandmates a guided tour that day. McCartney was also excited to come across a pair of pianos.
"He came to the first piano - even though there's a sign on it that says, 'Please do not touch' - he went up and played the piano," Stephens said. "He said, 'I'm sorry I have to,' and he played." When the group arrived at Studio A McCartney found piano No. 3.
He was told it couldn't be played due to deterioration, and McCartney moved on. The next day, he called with an offer to have the damaged 1877 Steinway grand fully restored.