Mary McCartney/MPL Communications Ltd.Paul McCartney and Tom Petty are among the music stars who have written lyrics to their songs on skateboards that will be auctioned online on November 29 to benefit a charity founded by renowned skateboarder Tony Hawk.
McCartney wrote the words to his Beatles classic "Blackbird" on a board that belonged to Hawk, while Petty scrawled out the lyrics of "I Won't Back Down" on another deck.
Hawk, a longtime Beatles fan, tells Rolling Stone with regard to his decision to ask McCartney to write on his board, "I thought, 'If I'm going to do this, I'm going for the top.'"
He admits he was surprised when the rock legend agreed, adding that McCartney "told me his grandson skates and he tried doing it with him fairly recently -- and decided he should not be doing that."
Among the other celebrities who contributed signed skateboards to auction is the late Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, who wrote lyrics on three decks shortly before his death. Elton John also is among the stars expected to take part in the fundraiser.
Proceeds from the auction go to the Tony Hawk Foundation's initiative to create and maintain skate parks in low-income areas around the U.S.
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