Sir Paul McCartney feels 'frustrated' by fans' demands

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 May 2016
Sir Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney is "frustrated" when fans only want to hear him perform The Beatles songs

Sir Paul McCartney gets "frustrated" when fans just want to hear old Beatles songs.

The 73-year-old singer-songwriter gained worldwide fame as part of the four-piece group - which also featured Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison - but admitted to feeling annoyed when all people want to hear is the band's classic tunes, such as 'Love Me Do', and 'Yellow Submarine'.

Sir Paul said: "We give them what they want as long as they're songs we like. Occasionally we throw in songs and I'll say 'you are not going to like this, but we're going to do it anyway'.

"You can tell in a big arena. When you do 'I Give Her All My Love' the cameras click, click, click and all the lights come on from the iPhones. Then you say 'here's one off our new album' and it's a black hole! But we do it anyway but it is a bit frustrating. You kinda hope they're going to catch on by the end of the tour."

However, Sir Paul admitted there needs to be a bit of give and take between himself and his fans.

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "You always like to just do the songs you want to do whether they are hits or not.

"But I'm a realist. If I go to a concert I want to hear the songs I love from that artist, so y'know, if it is the Stones then I am probably going to want to hear 'Honky Tonk Woman', 'Satisfaction', 'Ruby Tuesday'. And if they didn't do then I would feel a bit cheated."

Sir Paul also said he can empathise with Beatles fans, revealing that during his younger years, he spent a lot of money to hear his idol Bill Haley perform his favourite song.

He explained: "People pay a lot of money to see me and I remember seeing Bill Haley when I was a little kid, at the Odeon in Liverpool and I paid a fortune, it was months of pocket money to see him. And it was such a thrill because he opened with '1,2,3 o'clock 4 o'clock rock'.

"I didn't want to hear him play anything else. Not really. So I remember that and how much it cost me."


1. C Gallion25 May 2016, 2:59am Report

I saw Macca in October of 2015. He was incredible to say the least. I waited 53 years to see him perform. There was nothing I would have changed even tho I would have liked to hear some more of the songs from his after Beatles years.He is a Master & as with any master of their profession, you accept what they choose to provide to you. Paul McCartney could sing a nursery rhyme & I would be thrilled to hear his voice. Most "fans" are so concerned about themselves they don't consider the feelings of the artist they are watching. There were several times Paul was emotional while speaking or singing about the song. You play what makes you happy Paulie. We are grateful you are still with us to give us the pleasure of your company & talent.

2. Marty Fields26 May 2016, 12:06pm Report

Unfortunately for Sir McCartney it is akin to a double-edged sword (his fame and musical status). Being a Beatle and 1 of 2 Fabs that are left to carry on, that is what he must do and has done for many many years. To his credit he now is a living legend not just Former Beatle Paul McCartney. The price of a concert ticket not only for Sir Paul but other big names in the business has gotten incredibly too expensive. When you pay that much to see an band you expect to get your money's worth and that means play the songs that made you famous! That is why we are all hear tonight; to hear you play our favorite songs. Sorry Macca, as much as I Luv you man, you're a Beatle and your fame started with them so, keep on being Beatle Paul...Yeh-Yeh-Yeh!!!

3. Rick Manning26 May 2016, 8:05pm

Yes it must be hell to have been a member of the greatest band of all time and really frustrating that the fans want to hear music from then.I for one will not pay what Paul McCartney wants for a concert ticket! There was a time when his concert tickets were reasonably priced but now he has become a hog and ticket prices are ridiculous.How many millions do you need Paul?

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