Paul McCartney has admitted that he is struggling to remember how to play some of The Beatle’s classic hits while touring live.
As McCartney tours his new material—while bringing out some very special guests for Beatles performances—the 77-year-old has admitted that has time has passed, remembering all the songs has become a new challenge.
“I have to re-learn everything,” McCartney told The Mirror. I’ve written an awful lot, you can’t retain them all. We go in rehearsal and I’m, ‘Oh yeah, that’s how it goes,’” he added.
McCartney was then asked, quite bizarrely, if he thought his songs were “pretty good” on reflection: “I do, I really do,” he replied in what might be the most obvious answer imaginable. “Some of the old songs you say, ‘Oh, that’s clever, I wouldn’t have done that’. It’s exciting to think that still works.”
McCartney added: “We were a little rock and roll group from Liverpool, it just kept going.”
Despite having to relearn some of his old material, McCarney admitted in a separate interview which was published on his official website that jamming and improvising is still a huge part of his life. “Yeah, we do,” he said when asked if he and his band still improvise during soundcheck. “We’ve got millions of them! And fortunately, there’s a guy in our team called Jamie, who logs them. And he tells me we’ve actually got thousands! Some of them are really good and occasionally I’ll pick one out and work on it.
He added: “For ‘Egypt Station’, I picked one out, though we didn’t finish it. I picked one out and we’re kind of making a track around this riff from the soundcheck jam. ‘Cause it was like, ‘That was a good little riff!’ But because they’re improvised they’re instant and then they’re gone.”