Paul McCartney was a special guest Sept. 2 on Long Island radio station on WEHM-FM (92.9 & 96.9) during its Paul McCartney Weekend, the station confirmed to Beatles Examiner Tuesday. McCartney has done a series of radio interviews to promote his new single “New,” released late last week.
“We've been listening to your station while we've been out here on vacation and I thought as seeing how it was Paul McCartney Weekend, I thought I'd just call you up,” he told DJ Harry Wareing. The station was giving away McCartney-related prizes, including a trip to see the Beatles' "Love" show in Las Vegas.
“I was thinking of phoning in trying to win a trip to Las Vegas myself, but I'm going anyway,” he joked.
McCartney told Wareing he was in Long Island on vacation. “I come out here regularly, pretty much each year. My family, even though we live in England, we kind of always come out here. It's a tradition for us,” he said.
He repeated what he has said in other interviews that he'd done a track with each of the album's four producers as an audition and ended up using them all. And he also talked about why he has performed at a number of festivals.
“You know how it started? I was kind of looking at doing the Glastonbury Festival, which is one of the old original festivals in England. ... And then I'd met a guy who'd been to Glastonbury, he said, 'Oh, it was great. I was going 'round the campfires later at night. And everyone's sitting around the fires singing Beatles songs. So I suddenly though, 'Woh, wait a minute. I can do that.' Then I got an offer to do Glastonbury and I did it that year. And I realized that all the young folks who were showing up to these things were into the kind of music I was playing. ... And it's just great because it's a weekend when everyone's coming to party.”
You can hear the full 10-minute interview on Soundcloud.
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