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2003-Apr-18: He Loves His Beatles Tunes

According to today's Mirror, that during his four sell-out shows at London's Earls Court, Sir Paul will treat his fans to no fewer than 23 Beatles classics:
"When I go on tour my first thought is, 'What would the audience really like to see and hear?' I know that if I go to see The Rolling Stones in concert I really hope they're going to do Satisfaction, Honky Tonk Woman and Jumping Jack Flash.  I'd be disappointed if they left them out. So I'm treating the whole tour as a kind of tour of my songs. Just me doing my stuff.

"It's a very strange thing.  but in many ways when I hear The Beatles' songs on the radio I suspect my reaction isn't that different to millions of other people. I love these songs. I know I wrote them but, honestly, when I listen to them I feel like a fan.

"You have to remember that the last time The Beatles went on a live concert tour was 1966, and we wrote a lot of our best songs after that.  So this is the first time I have ever performed some of this stuff before an audience. If it is special for the people who come to these shows, believe me, it is just as special for me.  Since we did songs like Yesterday, Hey Jude and all the others, a lot of things have happened. I've had kids, lost loved ones and experienced all the highs and lows of life. And with all that, the songs come to mean more.

"Again, I really think that I react to The Beatles stuff like most people. It's like, 'Oh man - I remember what I was doing when that one came out!'

"If people come along to the show and enjoy themselves, what more could I ask?" he says. "It's been great fun throughout the tour, but obviously it is always special playing to the home crowd in the good old UK."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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