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2002-Apr-25: Sir Paul on Access Hollywood

Continuing the conversation played earlier on the Today Show (see April 25 Sir Paul's Today Show Interview) backstage at his Philadelphia concert Sir Paul told Pat O'Brien that he when he was planning the tour, he thought he would only play for 1 1/2 hours, but there was just too much material to choose from.   "It's a lot of music," remarked Mr. O'Brien.  Sir Paul replied:
"It is, yeah.  I mean, the thing is you know, I'm looking at my whole career and thinking what would I like to hear them play if I went to the show?  And without reservation - without sort of thinking things like, well, you know, this is Wings and in order to establish Wings as a band, I don't want to play too many Beatles thing because I want to do Wings.  Now that doesn't really matter."
Sir Paul is performing 21 songs.  What would have been 22?
"We were considering Penny Lane and that was kind of sounding good in rehearsal, but we just didn't have time."
Mr. O'Brien asked Sir Paul what he sees when he looks out on the sea of faces in the audience on this tour.
"You get older people who are my generation.  And then you get their kids, and now you're getting their kid's kids!"
Mr. O'Brien commented that the songs have different meaning for different generations.  Sir Paul agreed:
"I see it happening every night.  'Cause even like a little song like Jet, you think,  Oh, Jet -  it's just a little rocker.  But it's second line ..."that time you told them that you were going to be marrying soon." And here's me - I'm going to be marrying soon.  So there's always little ... I hear myself saying these words that are true."
Mr. O'Brien couldn't resist asking about the wedding date.  Sir Paul joked in reply:
"It's ... I'd like to announce it exclusively on this program, but I can't."
When Sir Paul was with the Beatles, did he ever imagine that he'd still be performing at his age?
"No.  No, we said in interviews 'round about that time - shortly before that time - that we could see it lasting ten years.  And Ringo by then was saying, "Yeah, you know, It will last ten years and then I'll get a string of hair dressing salons."
What is next for Sir Paul?
"Like I say, you know, I never think about it.  I never think about it.  I really don't.  The only time I'll think about it is when I really think I shouldn't be doing this - I'm really not enjoying it.  But I'm very blessed.  That hasn't happened yet."
Next Friday, Sir Paul will sing two songs on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  More of the McCartney interview will be shown on Access Hollywood on Monday.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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