Paul McCartney admits he still struggles with John Lennon’s ‘senseless’ death
Paul McCartney has opened up once more about the death of his former Beatles bandmate John Lennon, a moment in time which the musician has described as being “senseless”.
On December 8th, 1980, Lennon was brutally murdered by deranged so-called ‘fan’ Mark Chapman when the singer was just 40-years-old. The entire world was united in their mourning of the loss of one of the greatest musical artists, in the most tragic circumstances but, few felt grief on the personal level that Paul McCartney did. The Beatles duo enjoyed a brotherly bond and went on a wild journey together that remains unparalleled.
In a new interview CBS, McCartney spoke about how he manages to process the dreadful murder, 40 years on. “I’m not sure I am,” he honestly replied. “It’s very difficult for me, and I occasionally will have thoughts and sort of say, ‘I don’t know, why don’t I just break down crying every day?’ Because it’s that bad.”
The interviewer then asked Macca if Lennon’s death still brings him to tears: “Not every day, you know? There will be times that I just have memories and just think, ‘Oh my God, it was just so senseless,'” McCartney responded.
Discussing why the music of The Beatles still connects with people on such a profound level today, he responded: “I’m not sure I have an answer. “Something to do with the structure of the song. There’s no spare stuff that shouldn’t be in there. It’s the exact amount of stuff that should be on that record. But I am amazed at how it keeps going. I’m amazed, maybe I’m amazed.”
Last week, the former Beatle released his lockdown-made McCartney III which provides further proof of his songwriting genius and greatness even at the age of 78. “I had some stuff I’d worked on over the years but sometimes time would run out, and it would be left half-finished, so I started thinking about what I had,” McCartney shared in a statement.
“Each day I’d start recording with the instrument I wrote the song on and then gradually layer it all up. It was a lot of fun.”