In an interview published July 25 on Rolling Stone magazine’s website, Paul McCartney said he didn’t know if he’d ever retire from performing.
“I don’t know, man. I can’t imagine ever not doing it. 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. I mean, I did that show last night, and I’m thinking, “Jesus, God, man. You know, you’re not 25.” But then, my other side of my head’s going, “Yes, you are! Get on with it!,” he told writer Simon Vozick-Levinson.
He said the set they’ve picked out is challenging.
“I mean, something like ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!; is hard to do. Ask a bass player who sings. It’s contrapuntal, man! It really is. I’ve got to sing a melody that’s going to one place, and then I’ve got to play this bassline that’s going to other places. It’s a concentration thing. But that’s half the fun of the show.”
He talked specifically about the choice of “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” in the set, saying he recalls writing the song with John Lennon.
“’Mr. Kite’ is such a crazy, oddball song that I thought it would freshen up the set. Plus the fact that I’d never done it. None of us in the Beatles ever did that song [in concert]. And I have great memories of writing it with John. I read, occasionally, people say, ‘Oh, John wrote that one.’ I say, ‘Wait a minute, what was that afternoon I spent with him, then, looking at this poster?,’ he said referring to the poster that inspired the song.
He also referred to the fact that they’ve considered doing other songs, including “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road” and “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey,” which has been heavily requested by fans.
This part of the tour has three dates remaining – Aug. 9 in San Francisco, Aug. 12 in Winnipeg, Canada, and Aug. 14 at Regina, Canada. The only other dates scheduled as of now are five dates in Japan in November.
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