Paul McCartney On Touring: “It’s What I Do, and It’s What I’ve Always Done”


In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the 71-year-old Sir Paul McCartney discussed the physical limitations of touring, noting that his age hasn’t become a barrier to his instrument-swapping, explosion-heavy live shows.

“I can’t imagine ever not doing it,” he says. “It’s what I do, and it’s what I’ve always done, and I love it so much. Of course, there’s got to be some kind of physical limitation. But I haven’t found it.”

Of course, Macca is aware that he might physically be forced to stop playing live some day. Until then, he says he’s “ignoring it.”

“I’m thinking, ‘Jesus, God, man. You know, you’re not 25,'” he says. “But then, my other side of my head’s going, ‘Yes, you are! Get on with it!'”

The former Beatle also discussed some of the obscure gems in his discography, including the psychedelic Sgt. Pepper highlight “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite,” which he and his band have been playing on their current tour.

“What I do is, each tour or each concert we’re going to do, I will go back into the catalog and think, ‘Wait a minute, we could do that one,’ and there are a few little hidden gems,” he says. “It’s really quite a cool feeling, because as I do the songs, I am made very aware that that period when we recorded – the 10 years the Beatles were together – was a particularly rich period for art, anyway, and for us. We just kept popping it in there! You can think of songs like ‘Why Don’t We Do It In The Road’ – you think, “You know, that could go live.’


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