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2002-Sep-25: Sir Paul's Milwaukee Interview

Today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shares the wonderful news that Sir Paul's concerts are getting longer!  Sir Paul told the newspaper that when he started to plan the tour, he intended to present a 90-minute show.   However, the set list kept growing and now fans are enjoying over 2 hours of classic McCartney tunes.  During a backstage interview last Friday, Sir Paul told the reporter:
"There was a play in London called 'Art'. Have you heard of that? It's a funny little play. The great thing that everyone said about it was it's short. Wow. A short play. That really is like a bonus, you know. You don't sit in the theater that long. It's not like a three-hour epic. With that in mind, I thought if people are really sort of pleased that show is so short, maybe I don't have to do as much as I was intending to. . . . So I came with an intention of doing an hour and a half. That'll be it.

"At the same time, my problem, which is actually a great problem, is a lot of people love the Beatles, and then a whole new generation loves Wings. I have a lot of people say, particularly people in their thirties, say, 'I like Wings better than the Beatles.' That always surprised me."

During this second leg of his tour, Sir Paul is keeping his September 11th anthem, "Freedom" on the playlist, however he is not certain he will continue perform the tune when he takes the tour to Mexico City, Tokyo, Osaka and Melbourne in November. When asked about other artist's musical responses to the terrorists attacks, Sir Paul replied;
"To tell you the truth, I haven't heard a lot of it. I've heard about it.  I've heard Bruce (Springsteen) has done something really good. I would expect him to do something really good. I know Neil (Young) did something, but I'm not really that familiar with it."
Sir Paul disclosed that Heather has no intention of joining his band:
"She's very aware of the sort of problems Linda encountered.  Even though she does play the saxophone, she doesn't let anyone know. Why stand up and let people take potshots at her? I think she's good, but she's an amateur. So she wouldn't do that."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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