Paul McCartney Answers the Web's Most Searched Questions | WIREDFeb 27, 2020
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mccartneyno i'm poor google is google ok thanks where is paul mccartney nicknamed maka because i'm from liverpool and they abbreviate all in liverpool ? Oh McCartney must be too formal for a mucker so George Harrison a classic John Lennon Lenny so they just abbreviate everything there and that's why it's a deviation derivation from McCartney where is Paul McCartney wearing an OP badge? Well, whether I knew or not, the insignia would tell you that I suspect it's the insignia he had on Sergeant Pepper's thing as a Canadian thingy.
I never knew what it was. I just liked the badge. Why did Paul McCartney write? Let it be. I had a dream. exaggerating everything, drinking and staying out very late and going crazy, so I was a little bit so exhausted that I went to bed and he had a dream and my mother, who died probably about ten years before, was in the dream she ca me for me on the train it's a magical moment because you're actually there with your mom so she seemed to know i was a bit stressed and she said don't worry everything will be alright just let me be myself Wow and just I felt very good that my mom gave me that advice and i woke up and i was remembering the dream and i thought what did she say that she didn't let it go and i thought that was a great idea for a song so i went to the piano and i wrote it now.
I will see the last question. Unfortunately, at home you will not be able to see this last question. How dare you ask me when Paul McCartney became sir a few years ago? I actually don't remember what year it was, well it's amazing because the first thing you hear is you have a letter in the mail saying you're going to be knighted but don't tell anyone so it's quite a loud letter . It's very exciting. actually you have to be a bit realistic you have to think the Queen is cool some people actually put it down but it's cool anyway you can visit Buckingham Palace and you walk in there and you're in a room full of people who they are being honored and the guy walks into the aquarium some kind of military guy explains what you have to do how you have to approach the queen you have to go in and then look at her and then walk straight and then just tilt your head a bit the queen takes a sword at this point you have to be very confident that she could do anything with that sword from one shoulder to the other shoulder and then she says hold up Sir Paul McCartney ok when did Paul McCartney write yesterday 60 19 or something? look it up great yesterday it was like it was written only people tell me if you believe in mysticism and magic with that story I have to do it because I woke up one morning I was this guy what is that I like that melody after a couple of weeks of asking goes serious people like John the eyes in the band George Martin they all said well we don't know you know it must be yours and it was very special because I say I only dreamed it what a gift I think a lot of people dream and this music. in the dream they just say oh I was at a Stones concert and they were doing this you know I've done that too and they've been doing a song I don't know can I wake up?
Wow and sometimes you can. I don't remember, yeah, that's how it happened yesterday in the early 60's. That's as close as I can get right. Wendy Paul McCartney and the wings part. The 70's sometimes. ask a fan, they know the dates and you know a lot of people really know things, but when we finished, I think it's not an exact day, I think it would be after a trip when I went to Japan and they arrested me, I think not. It doesn't help, when did Paul McCartney learn to play the piano? When I was a child, we had a piano in the house, my father.
I played it I've read things that a lot of people in those days around the world actually had pianos in their houses it was like having a computer these days everyone has one and that was the way people entertained themselves because there wasn't a lot of other entertainment, you know before tv even you know so yeah we had a piano in the house good simple noodle and i asked my dad to teach me but he wouldn't he said you have to get it. appropriate lessons so I took the appropriate lessons and I couldn't really continue because the music I was hearing in my head was not do-do-do-do do-do-do-do-do do-do-do-do-do this it's extremely you know i couldn't do that now you know i think kids continue to learn i just picked chords on the piano that would have been when i was about 14 also when i joined the beatles.
You should know that yes, I mean it was like a teenager and John h. ad a group that was actually called the man from the quarry and i joined them and when i was a teenager i would be sixteen seventeen or something and then it became the beatles the man from the quarry some of the members broke up . George joined and then Ringo joined so it would be like I think the Beatles were when I was about 19 did the Beatles play Woodstock? movies and we had wanted to meet him for years we trusted the massive Elvis fans though the sad thing was we knocked him out of his position we didn't mean we knew he was the star and we became the stars and something like his ii-era It ended, you know, we never liked that, so I was so eager to meet him and we went to this house and the four of us together and he came to the door, which is a matter of contention why we did this. story once and Ringo said no we didn't he was sitting on the couch I say no he didn't he came to the door so my story I left is the correct one sorry Ringo is he got to the door looking cool, wearing really cool pants and sort of uh, I think it was like a red red.
Jumper was amazing, I mean, it was like a dream to meet Elvis, we had fantasized about him since we were teenagers and here he was in person, so it was great, he was charming. I knew he played bass a little bit so he and I chatted about what beat he's playing at one more place where I played and stuff and the
mostamazing things besides meeting him but he had the first remote tv changer that we have seen you know because you know it was that year when they came out and he was just pointing at the tv and the channels were changing he is indeed the mighty god if we can change the channels without going near this tv so we were very impressed by waves and stones. throughout we did and we do to this day because the thing was we were all young people just getting into the music business we all had a lot in common and we met at clubs or tv shows we all did and we hung out socially, you know? we knew them pretty well, you know, and we had a lot of fun and stuff.
I don't really know how the room started. You know we were rivals. I mean, John and I wrote his first hit, which is I Want To Be Your Man. So we couldn't have been that many rivals. No, we really liked him. I will say it to this day. Yeah, I go to the shows and sometimes we hang out with a kind of cool band, not as cool as the Beatles, but hey, okay. the Beatles use a click track, no, because there were no such click tracks and actually it was a good thing because you just had to keep the tempo and if you ever went off, if you were a good band, you just stuck with it . little do you know the drummers rev up notoriously i really don't think Ringo ever died he had a really good temper b But if he did we'd just go with him.
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mostnever did and you know it's a big trauma, so we didn't need a click track. We can also we didn't have one even if we needed one the beatles were wigs yes and I'm wearing one of them now I've colored it to be age appropriate and this is a wig no it's not and no we don't wear wigs you know how that came about no they really would no wigs involved but what used to happen people would tell us when we would go to the first appearance of The Ed Sullivan Show on American television all the dads who were probably very jealous of this fine hair that we had and we were shaking and doing things with it and the parents of many children, you saw the wigs wearing wigs, oh no, they would have talked to American, ah, there were wigs, hey, me, I wasn't wearing wigs , so it wasn't wigs and Yo anyway, but I think maybe it's worth it, it's just that the rumor started, okay, can Paul McCartney speak German, yes, and you better be covered? ask shula ok ok leave him if you ever try to go to germany you need to know he is ok now.
I mean, it's like, yeah, okay, okay, now you say that's pretty much it. Can Paul McCartney play the violin? No, it's a whole different ball game. from the guitar I mean if you can play the guitar you can play the bass because it's the same ballgame but the violin has a different tuning and it's a much harder instrument for me to play so I can't play the fiddle. Can you read Paul McCartney? Can Paul McCartney? take out the component tapes i can't read the sheet music more or less i can i can follow it really i'm telling you the truth with the sheet music we look for guitar chords ok if the lyrics and the guitar chords and all the points passed us by you i can see it going up in boom boom yeah boom boom boom I mean I can read it but not really if it's hard to know what instruments can paul mccartney cell can paul mccartney eat play well it's probably playing guitar which is nice o What I started at I actually started with the trumpet so I can't play when the saints are marching so yeah then I learned to play the guitar and then a little piano and you know when I say I can play them people say oh we can play these things.
I'm not really a great piano player or a great guitar player, but for my purposes and you know when you write a song, I can play the stuff that I write, but then if somebody says to me, yeah, oh, you know, play Stairway to Paradise. I wouldn't know how to play well, yes, I can play the piano more or less. I play drums, but then again, you know if you put me in whiplash, that guy would kill me. I can't really play that kind of drums, but I really don't like it. that kind of drum but I can play that kind of drum and I can do it and I've learned a little bit of mandolin or ukulele you know it's some little instruments like that Paul McCartney is happy oh yeah right now you don't get me.
Crazy is that Paul McCartney is a Liverpool fan, okay, that's a long story. My father was born in Everton, which is the other Liverpool. The team, so I'm officially an Everton fan because that's our family team. I met the Liverpool players and managers years ago and they did great and were huge fans of mine so I'm a Liverpool and always you. fan, I know it's not strictly allowed, but I got a special dispensation from the Pope, okay, is Paul McCartney vegan? No, he is not, he is a vegetarian but he eats cheese. which I admit a lot of people think is silly, I mean fewer people these days than before, but a lot of people think, oh yeah, but to me, all the creatures on the planet that live on this planet, this little sphere on the space we all have a chance in our life and so many animals i don't like the idea of giving them their little drinks plus i'm very happy to be rich saying you can get a lot of vegetarian options these days so it's not like it's in the good old days when you just got the boiled sprout it's Paul McCartn Hey it's public and he got angry and often belittled the original yes it's one of the originals I had two but one was stolen and we still don't know where it is just in Somewhere along the way, the one I was using just disappeared with no idea where. it's gone but the one i'm using is one of the originals it's one i've used for a long time it's an interesting note to think about where that one went because no one can take it out because everyone knows it's mine they've got pictures of it so my Theory is and it's kind of fantasy, but it's that you go to a German castle in the Bavarian hills and have dinner and then the host says come on let me show you something and you go up to this little room and there's my base on his mantelpiece, It could just be a fantasy, you know?
I always like to hear what people are interested in and of interest to me. I'm interested in hearing what people don't know. many hardcore fans know these
answersbetter than I do, but that's okay. I like that people bother to write to join the conversations. I think that's great, so my new album is called Egypt station and you can watch my performance live from Grand Central Station on my YouTube channel. outside
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