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The man behind Paul McCartney’s death theory dies at 88

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The man behind Paul McCartney’s death theory dies at 88

Russ Gibb, responsible for one of the biggest conspiracy theories in rock history, died at 88.


In 1969, Russ received a call on his radio show and on the other side of the line, the person claimed that Paul McCartney was dead, and had been replaced by a very similar person. To prove his theory, the listener insisted that Russ played the Beatles’ “Revolution 9” backwards. Among the jargon of the “inverted version” of the song, the phrase “turn me on, dead man” repeats itself, which for fans of the band was a sign.

From there, the radio phone didn’t stop ringing, and he started talking to fans who came up with new clues. The phenomenon has taken over the planet, and has become one of the most famous and enduring conspiracy theories in history (some people still believe it). The Beatles, including Paul himself, had to work hard to deny the rumor.

Hear the moment on the radio below:

Meanwhile, Paul McCartney (The real one or the replacement?) continues to tour, See the tour dates:

MAY 23 2019 Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
MAY 27 2019 PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
MAY 30 2019 Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, SC
JUN 01 2019 Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
JUN 03 2019 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN
JUN 06 2019 Kohl Center, Madison, WI
JUN 08 2019 Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
JUN 11 2019 TaxSlayer Center, Moline, IL
JUN 14 2019 Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX
JUN 22 2019 Petco Park, San Diego CA
JUN 26 2019 Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
JUN 29 2019 T Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
JUL 06 2019 BC Place, Vancouver
JUL 10 2019 SAP Center, San Jose, CA
JUL 13 2019 Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles, CA

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