Paul McCartney, reflecting on his long and fruitful career within the music industry, believes that he and his fellow Beatles bandmates suffered from a number of mental health issues during the height of their fame.
The former Beatles bassist, who recently announced the release of his brand new album, McCartney III, which arrives on December 18th, is able to discuss his past life in music through a changing of societal constraints. When he, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison were at the heart of Beatlemania, discussions around mental health were not as accepted.
Looking back on his life with a modern viewpoint, McCartney was asked if he thought that The Beatles encountered issues with mental health during their time in the limelight: “Yes, I think so,” he responded while speaking in a new interview with The Sunday Times. “But you talked about it through your songs,” he added. “You know, John would. ‘Help! I need somebody,’ he wrote. And I thought, ‘Well, it’s just a song,’ but it turned out to be a cry for help.”
McCartney continued: “Same kind of thing happened with me, mainly after the break-up of the band. All of us went through periods when we weren’t as happy as we ought to be.”
Talking more specifically, he added: “Ringo had a major drinking problem. Now he’s Mr Sober of the Year! But you know there were a lot of things we had to work through, but you’re right — you didn’t talk about mental health.
“It was something really that, as four guys, you were more likely to make fun of than be serious about. And the making fun of it was to hide from it. But having said all that, we were reasonably well adjusted, I think.”
McCartney new album arrives as his 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.
McCartney III is due to be officially release on December 18, 2020.