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McCartney talks of past drug trip

LONDON (AP) — Former Beatle Paul McCartney has told a British newspaper he believes he once saw God during a psychedelic trip.

The 76-year-old star told The Sunday Times he was “humbled” by the experience.

He said that “it was huge. A massive wall that I couldn’t see the top of, and I was at the bottom. And anybody else would say it’s just the drug, the hallucination, but we felt we had seen a higher thing.”

The Beatles’ music was heavily influenced by psychedelic drugs in the band’s final years.

McCartney also spoke of allowing himself to believe that his lost loved ones, including his late wife Linda, are “looking down” on him.

The singer is promoting a new album and a tour. He remains one of music’s most popular concert acts.

Concert ends after Bono loses voice

BERLIN (AP) — The Irish rock band U2 has cancelled a concert in Berlin after singer Bono lost his voice during the performance.

The band said on its website late Saturday that, “Bono was in great form and great voice prior to the show … but after a few songs he suffered a complete loss of voice.”

U2 said “we don’t know what has happened and we are taking medical advice.”

The German news agency dpa reported Sunday that Bono still managed to perform the song “Beautiful Day” with the help of the audience at Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena and then disappeared backstage.

Concert-goers were first told that there would be a short break before eventually being informed that the show was over and they should keep their tickets for a replacement performance.

Burning Man fest limit exceeded

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Burning Man festival for a time had to restrict entry to the northern Nevada desert event because its population exceeded the limit of 70,000 limit set under its federal land-use permit.

The Reno Gazette Journal reported Saturday that the population was again below the limit, allowing arriving attendees to enter without waiting until other people left.

It’s not clear how long admissions were restricted because of noncompliance with permit terms, but U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Kyle Hendrix said the agency Thursday asked organizers to shut down the entry after the limit was exceeded.

Burning man spokesman Jim Graham said the event’s ticket sales can exceed the population limit because some tickets go unused.

and not all attendees are present at the same time.