Arts & Entertainment

Keeping the beat for Sir Paul

Abe Laboriel Jr., on drums, playing with (from left) Joe Walsh, Paul McCartney, and Dave Grohl in Los Angeles in 2012.
Abe Laboriel Jr., on drums, playing with (from left) Joe Walsh, Paul McCartney, and Dave Grohl in Los Angeles in 2012.Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images/file 2012

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Paul McCartney has carried more tunes in his day than a pallet full of iPods. Music, says drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr., is in “every fiber” of McCartney’s being: “Even if he’s making a little fruit salad, he’s humming a tune or whistling away. The music doesn’t stop around him. It’s beautiful.”

The same could be said of Laboriel, who is not only McCartney’s drummer but his harmony partner of more than 10 years. Musicality runs in his blood: his father, Abraham Laboriel Sr., is a highly respected bassist, and Abe Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps when he graduated from Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 1993.

McCartney and his band return to Fenway Park on Tuesday.

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