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Paul McCartney says his knighthood makes him a little uneasy, but not as uneasy it would have made his old Beatles mate John Lennon. In fact, McCartney says Lennon probably would have turned down the honor.

Queen Elizabeth knighted McCartney in January but he doesn't use his "Sir Paul" title or the fancy stationery that his wife Linda bought him.

"It's a great honor but I'm intelligent enough to find it easy to be cynical about these things," he said.

McCartney is to stage the world premiere of his symphony "Standing Stone" in London next week. It's his first solo classical music project.

Hollywood turned back the clock 30 years Wednesday when the surviving members of the Doors gathered at the famed Whisky a Go-Go nightclub to promote an upcoming boxed set. Drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robbie Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek talked about the old days, including memories of hard-drinking vocalist Jim Morrison, who died in 1971.

Asked how they would have done things differently, Manzarek said they would have tried to get Morrison into a 12-step program.

"Doors Box Set," due for release Oct. 28, includes three CDs of previously unreleased material and one CD of favorites chosen by the trio.

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