Paul McCartney has revealed that it wasn’t The Beatles connection that handed Ringo Starr the opportunity to perform on Flaming Pie, it was actually masterminded by ELO’s Jeff Lynne.
On the 1997 solo album, McCartney employed the services of his former bandmate Starr for the first time since the band had split.
Speaking with The Sun, McCartney revealed how it was Jeff Lynne who helped to reconnect the two Beatles and get them in the studio together once more.
“I’d been saying to Ringo for years it’d be great to do something,” explained Macca.
“We’d never really done that much outside The Beatles. One night, Jeff suggested, ‘Why don’t you get Ringo in?’ and I said, ‘OK!’ ”
According to McCartney, the musician said he and Starr were “very comfortable” working together again as the duo joined together with Lynne to jam out what would become the song ‘Really Love You’.
In more recent news, McCartney has suggested he would never take up a residency in Las Vegas, claiming it was where artists retire their careers, “Vegas is where you go to die.”
The former Beatle was speaking to GQ and spoke about his respect for Bruce Springsteen to come up with an innovative show for his Broadway show rather than going to Las Vegas which would have been a more lucrative residency.
“That’s something I’ve been trying to avoid my whole life,” McCartney said of a Vegas residency. “Definitely nothing attracts me about the idea. Vegas is where you go to die, isn’t it? It’s the elephant’s graveyard.”
Despite being a fan of Springsteen’s idea, it isn’t for him he revealed: “Some people would like me to do it, as they say, I’ve got plenty of stories and plenty of songs, but one of the things that’s holding me back at the moment is that Bruce has just done it, you know?”
“It feels a bit like, ‘Oh, suddenly I’ll do it now then!’ So I think that’s made me a little reluctant to follow in his footsteps or follow a trend.”