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2002-May-10: Some Words from Dallas

Here are some highlights of Sir Paul's MSN live chat that took place before his concert last evening in Dallas, Texas.  First, Sir Paul greeted his fans, saying:
"Great thanks! Lovely to be here, virtually and really."
Where did Sir Paul get the idea for the pre concert entertainment?
"It came from ... originally we were thinking of having a support act, but it gets difficult because you have to move their stuff off stage and yours on.  So I thought of having the audience come in rather than have them feeling like an auditorium. Then it turned into having them seem like they didn't know how they got there. Then I worked with Youth, and that was it basically. It just gets the audience in and gets them into the atmosphere."
Other than his Buckingham Palace concert, has Sir Paul scheduled any other appearances in the U.K.?
"What I am doing, as you say the Jubilee gig, and then there are no plans at the moment, but I am looking into taking the band to Britain, but I don't have any dates yet. I want to make some of them British dates."
How does Sir Paul maintain such high energy during the tour?
"I don't really know. I've been a vegetarian for a long time, that might have something to do with it. I am just enjoying the whole thing. Enjoying playing with the band. I have a very nice woman in my life. I think all of that helps in my life to energize me. I'm just enjoying the whole thing, so that's the answer. Plus the veggie diet."
Does Sir Paul have any plans to record something with Ringo?  Perhaps with some other unreleased Beatles tunes?
"I don't know about that. It's an interesting idea. When we did Free As a Bird and Real Love there was another track under consideration for us to work on but we didn't get around to it so I wonder if there will be a chance in the future. I wouldn't mind doing it. It was just one of John's demos. But there's no plans at the moment."
What does Sir Paul think about the Guns 'n' Roses rendition of Live And Let Die?
"I really did like it.  I actually met Axel Rose backstage and he said he was going to do one of my songs. I didn't know it would be that song, but I thought it was pretty cool."
How does it feel to look out into the audience and see so many different age groups represented enjoying his music?
"It's very interesting because the first thing you are trying to do is remember the notes, then the words to sing and the melody, so a lot of effort is into that.  Then you look at the crowd and your brain is doing so much at once. You see the ages of everyone.  We do have a wide age range from people older than myself to tiny kids.  We had one show where a lady was holding up a baby the whole time. I like people, it doesn't matter what age they are so it feels great to see them. The only difficult thing is when people hold up sign because you also find yourself reading the signs as you are doing everything else and it gets quite difficult. (laughs) But it's all part of the show and I enjoy it"
These days, what song does Sir Paul play acoustic when he's alone?
"When I'm touring I don't really find myself sitting around playing acoustic, because you're doing so much in the day that time off is time off. I really just play whatever comes into my mind, it could be an old song that I learned when I first learned guitar, or something new, or someone else's song. Or I'm writing a song when I have time off, I just play nothing in particular and just see if an interesting idea comes out of that. It just depends on the mood you're in. I like doing it and always have one with me, but on tour I don't always use it that much."
Are there any plans to release a collection of his music videos on DVD?
"That's one of those things that has been cooking for a while. Often something gets in the bit of the way of it. There's been talk of a DVD or live record of this tour so that would mean the DVD would be put into next year. I would love to do them and look at them back to back. So I would like that for myself so one day we'll get around to that. But like I said, there may be a DVD from this tour coming at the end of this year."
A fan (with a daughter named "McCartney") asked if any of the concerts from this current tour will be televised?
"Yeah, I think that may happen.

"I love that, her first name McCartney, I hope her second name isn't McCartney. (laughs)

"The good news is for dad and daughter we are making the DVD which would include doing a TV show that would have most of this tour.  That's being talked about at the moment so that everyone that didn't make it to the concert, will be able to see what goes on."

Many of Sir Paul's fans follow him from one concert to another.
"I love that. It's a tribute really. Sometimes when you go to see someone you get enough, but I love when they can't get enough and that's a tribute to the band and to us. I do think that the people on the tour with us say you can watch the show more than once and always see something new."
Did Sir Paul ever talk to George about covering his song, Something?
"As I say on stage, what happened was, I actually played it for George, kind of half of a joke after dinner. I had been sitting around and hope playing around with it on the ukulele. I found myself singing it so I didn't say to George that I was going to sing it on stage because I didn't know I was going to. But I played it for him and he got a laugh from it."
As Sir Paul ever thought of writing a song called "Today" as sequel to Yesterday?
"I did a song called Tomorrow and Yesterday, so the next should be Today." (sings tooo-tooo-day). (laughs)
A librarian from Maine asked what is Sir Paul's favorite genre of book and who is his favorite
author?
"You know I think the kind of book I enjoy most is sort of old novels by Dickens, Wilke Collins or Thomas Hardy because they transform you out of this world I love the descriptions and characters of Dickens. I just get immersed in them. I don't read them all in one go, but I enjoy being transported to a different place and time."
What does Sir Paul compose first - the lyrics or the melody?
"It's nearly always the melody. I've written one or two songs where the words came first. I was once with The Beatles on a tour bus and didn't have a piano (that would have been a really cool tour bus) and I did all the words to All My Loving and had to wait to put the melody to it. In the case of Yesterday, it was a melody that I dreamed and then I put some silly words to it like "scrambled eggs, oh my baby how I love your legs'.  Those of course had to be changed.

"As I'm sitting here in my dressing room in Dallas, I'm sitting here with Sir George Martin, his wife, and my lovely fiancée Heather.  Heather looks great in her new ad campaign.  As you enjoy those pictures because money is raised by that Inc. for Land Mine Clearance and that's something we're really proud of. But she does look beautiful doesn't she?"

The wife of a New York city fire fighter told Sir Paul that his Concert for New York City was awesome.
"Oh yeah! There was no doubt about it. The concert for New York was a high spot in our year and we were all very proud of it because of the coming together, standing and being counted, and the emotion of the evening. So if we had to do it again, I would do it 100 times over. It was a very special concert for us. I think it was great to assist in lifting the spirits of New Yorkers and Americans especially fire fighters and Port Authority."
Before leaving to prepare to go on stage,  Sir Paul had a few words for his fans:
"I just want to say thank you for being so wonderful and your support. Not just on the tour, but me personally. Thank you for the good vibes that you have been sending me. So from the dressing room here in Dallas from me, my fiancée Heather, Sir Martin, we send our best wishes to everyone around the world."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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