Paul McCartney has been discussing his life in music and the impending release of his brand new album, McCartney III which arrives on December 11th, in a new interview with the former Beatle.
The forthcoming project arrives as McCartney’s first album since 2018 effort Egypt Station and sees him finally complete the trilogy of records which began with his debut solo album, McCartney, in 1970. He then followed it up a decade later with 1980 effort McCartney II. The iconic musician recorded both previous albums at his home studio and featured additional vocals from his late wife Linda, who passed away in 1998. Now, Macca has confirmed the final effort in the trilogy.
“Everything I do is always supposed to be my last. When I was 50 – ‘That’s his last tour.’ And it was like, ‘Oh, is it? I don’t think so.’ It’s the rumour mill, but that’s ok,” McCartney said to Loud And Quiet in a new interview. “When we did [Beatles album] ‘Abbey Road’ I was dead, so everything else is a bonus.”
His new album will be his eighteenth solo release, which he recorded and self-produced on his farm during the lockdown. “I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day,” McCartney previously said in a statement confirming the release.
“I think it’s similar [to ‘McCartney’ – thematically]. It’s to do with freedom and love,” McCartney said. There’s a varied lot of feelings on it, but I didn’t set out for it to all be like, ‘This is how I feel at this moment.’ The old themes are there, of love and optimism. ‘Seize the Day’ – it’s me. That’s the truth,” he said.
McCartney also opened up about an illness that he suffered at the start of the year in Japan which resulted in doctors advising him to take up to six weeks off, which he thought he’d find difficult. “I like doing stuff, I must say. I like the idea of, ‘Ooh, I can do that.’
“All my mates said, ‘You’re never going to be able to stand that,’ but in actual fact I loved it. I think I read every book, every script, watched every bit of telly I’d missed – I surprised myself that I actually enjoyed it,” Macca added.
The former Beatles bassist also offered his thoughts on the state of modern music and refreshingly he wasn’t full of hatred towards the current crop of artists. “There’s a lot of things in my life that I’m surprised at. People say, ‘After touring for all these years, don’t you just hate it? Aren’t you fed up?’ I’m like, ‘No, I’m not.’”
He then added, “I still enjoy what I do very much, and it all comes out as clichés – ‘I feel very lucky’ – but it’s true. When I was a kid, all I wanted to do was plug a guitar into an amp and turn it up for that thrill, and it’s still there. So it’s not so much that I’m looking for something new, more that I’m looking for something to do to keep me off the streets.”