In an interview with Geoff Lloyd of Absolute Radio in the UK Oct. 18, Paul McCartney said the song “Early Days” on his “NEW” album didn't start out to be a personal song, but he said he wanted to send a reminder the Beatles were there and others weren't when it comes to Beatles history.
“It's just this idea of people robbing your history from you,” McCartney said. “But it in my case, it started off with the idea of 'They can't take it with me because I lived through those early days. I was there.' And then it went into describing some early days, some memories of me and John, walking along or listening to the records in the record shop and all of that. But then the last verse is wildly defensive, which is like these people say who did this and who did that. Well, that is very definitely about people telling me what I did and what John did. And I think you know it was much more equal.”
Asked by Lloyd if he was going to read Mark Lewisohn's “Tune In,” the first volume of a three-volume Beatles biography by the author, he said, “No.” He also said he hadn't seen “Good Ol' Freda,” the documentary about former Beatles fan club secretary Freda Kelly. You can hear the full interview conducted by Geoff Lloyd here.
In addition to the radio interview on Friday, he did a surprise concert at Convent Garden in London. Jupiter John says he saw both Stella and James there and that the church he played at is called "The Actor's Church" as many memorials for actors have been held there. The service for Victor Spinetti was among them.
He also signed CDs at HMV in London, and taped “The Graham Norton Show.” You can see a video of the Norton show here. The BBC America website now shows it as Episode 2 and will air it at 10 p.m. ET Oct. 26 and 1 a.m. ET Oct. 27.
On top of all that, his Twitter @paulmccartney account has been posting answers daily to fan questions that were submitted after his Twitter session earlier this month. Here are the latest questions and Paul's answers:
Q: Sarah Lennon @src100 “What's the strangest thing that's happened to you on stage?”
A: Paul McCartney: “Thanks @src100 Falling off it! We had a hole which the piano used to come out of and I fell down that backwards. That was pretty strange!”
Q: Barb Potter @barb_potter “What was your favorite part of performing in the Simply Shakespeare event. You were brilliant, btw!”
A: Paul McCartney: “Thank you @barb_potter My favourite part of the evening was the finale when we all rocked out to Sgt. Pepper!”
Q: Mark Tingley @marktingley “Did you learn anything "new" on this album?”
A: Paul McCartney: “Cheers @marktingley Oh yes. Every day!”
Q: Elyse @SgtPeppersPiano “What are your favourite apps at the moment?”
A: Paul McCartney: “Thanks @SgtPeppersPiano - I'm not very appy!”
Q: Ana uribe @smileyface74a_g “What's your own definition of happiness?”
A: Paul McCartney: “Thanks for the question @smileyface74a_g For me, happiness is a calm sense of bliss with the one you love.”
Q: Niki McHarristannon @LoneBlueTree What was the first song you learnt to play on guitar?
A: Paul McCartney: “Thank you @LoneBlueTree The first song I wrote was the first one I learnt. It was called 'I Lost My Little Girl.'”
Q: Jerry Harmer @Coalporter “You have written so many great songs BUT ... Which song do you WISH you had written?”
A: Paul McCartney: “Thanks for the question @Coalporter I like 'Fields of Gold' by @OfficialSting and old standards like 'My One and Only Love'...”
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