Paul McCartney has recently been a guest at Mastertapes for BBC Radio 4, and during the show he discussed several significant moments of his life and career. For example he opened up and said that he found it difficult to cope with the breakup of the Beatles in 1970; he started drinking and even contemplated the idea to quit music altogether! “I was depressed. You would be. You were breaking from your lifelong friends,” he said. “So I took to the bevvies. I took to a wee dram. It was great at first, then suddenly I wasn’t having a good time … I wanted to get back to square one, so I ended up forming Wings.”
“It was difficult to know what to do after the Beatles. How do you follow that?” he asked presenter John Wilson.
McCartney also talked about his subsequent band, that he co-founded with his wife Linda, Wings, saying that they “weren’t that good.”
“We were terrible. We knew Linda couldn’t play, but she learned, and looking back on it, I’m really glad we did it … I could have just formed a supergroup, and rung up Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page and John Bonham,” McCartney said, before adding: “But you still remember the names of the people who gave you really bad, vicious reviews: Charles Shaar Murray shall ever be hated!”
The famous musician has also mentioned his relationship with Lennon. He even started playing Here Today, the song dedicated to his band-mate in 1982 after which he said: “I’m quite private and don’t like to give too much away. Why should people know my innermost thoughts? But a song is the place to put them. In Here Today, I say to John, ‘I love you.’”
“I couldn’t have said that to him unless we were extremely drunk – I love you, man! – but you can put these emotions, these deeper and sometimes awkward truths, in a song.”
Besides McCartney, the episode also features such greats as Brad Pitt, James Bay and Paul Weller. We’ll be able to tune in on BBC Radio 4 on May 28th at 10 o’clock, and there will also be a filmed version on BBC iPlayer.