Paul McCartney has admitted in a brand new interview that “sometimes I wish I was a bit more like Bob Dylan,” — don’t we all Macca?
McCartney made the comments ahead of the release of his forthcoming project McCartney III which arrives as McCartney’s first album since 2018 effort Egypt Station. The new album 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 which is released next month.
Despite McCartney and Dylan both being in their late seventies, they remain at the top of their game with their respective records being among the most talked-about albums this year. The former Beatles man was speaking to Uncut, who asked him for his thoughts on Dylan’s heavenly new LP Rough and Rowdy Ways and McCartney had nothing but great things to say about his contemporary.
“I always like what he does,” McCartney responded. “Sometimes I wish I was a bit more like Bob. He’s legendary… and doesn’t give a shit! But I’m not like that. His new album? I thought it was really good. He writes really well. I love his singing – he came through the standards albums like a total crooner. But, yeah, I like his new stuff. People ask me who I’m a fan of and Bob Dylan and Neil Young always make the list.”
When McCartney, who recently appeared on the BBC Radio 2 John Lennon at 80 documentary which was hosted by Sean Ono Lennon, spoke honestly about how Dylan influenced the work of The Beatles.
“Yeah, we certainly got a lot from Dylan,” McCartney answered honestly. “And I know I had one of his first LPs at home before The Beatles. I used to play that quite a lot so I was steeped in him. And I think your dad was too… but that was just one of the influences, there’s an awful lot more because ‘Strawberry Fields’ and ‘Penny Lane’, those are very much us remembering our youth.”
It’s nice to hear that even an artist as esteemed as Paul McCartney can still have his heroes and we’re even happier to know it’s Bob Dylan.