He’s one of the most famous people on the planet and has been performing on stage for almost six decades. But at 75, Paul McCartney still has anxiety dreams about getting up in front of a crowd.
“Ever since I started performing there’s like a recurring dream which is, and I still have it to this day, which is you’re in a stadium and you’re playing with The Beatles or with a band and people start leaving and it’s like, ‘OK, what are we doing wrong?'” he said.
“And we’re trying to pull out the big one like, ‘Quick, play Hey Jude, quick!’ And they’re still leaving.
“My old bass, my Hofner bass, is the one I played in The Beatles. It’s got a good sound. I would play it anyway because there’s no point in getting a new one. “New ones don’t sound as good. And I played it so long that it’s got me in it. And when I plug it in to a recording studio the engineer says: ‘This sounds good’.”
He also has an acoustic guitar from the same era that he plays Yesterday on.
“[It’s] the same one that I played on The Ed Sullivan Show, would you believe?” Paul said.
With a face as recognisable as his, popping down to the pub or shops presents challenges. And he’s not a fan of selfies.
“I’ve kind of developed a strategy over the years,” he said.
“At first people are, ‘Oh, oh’, and everyone’s reaching for their phone. I say: ‘No, it’s private time, I hope you don’t mind. Let’s not do any pictures. Let’s hang out’.
“And pretty soon everyone settles down and we’re just talking. ‘Want a drink, Macca?'”
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