Sir Paul thinks the Beatles were a one-time rock phenomenon
The Beatles were obviously an incredible rock phenomenon, and former Beatle Paul McCartney thinks the world won’t see that kind of major rock band surface again. In a new interview with Esquire, McCartney says he believes one factor in the Beatles’ rise was the timing in which the band broke out, but a bigger reason was the band’s strong talent.
“You name me another group of four chaps, or chapesses, who had what The Beatles had,” he told Esquire. “(John) Lennon’s skill, intelligence, acerbic wit, McCartney’s melody, whatever he’s got, (George) Harrison’s spirituality, Ringo (Starr)’s spirit of fun, great drumming. We all played, which is pretty hard…(and we) wrote some pretty good stuff, our own material.”
He added, “Could that happen again? I don’t know. I wish people well but I have a feeling it couldn’t.”
As the interview continued, McCartney explained that a reason he is okay with his massive fame and being in the spotlight is because he has always sought out positive attention.
“I have a joke with my daughter Mary,” he told Esquire. “Sometimes I won’t be in a great mood and we’ll go somewhere and the people will be all over me and she’ll turn to [my wife] Nancy and say, ‘He likes a bit of adulation. It cheers him up,’ and the thing is, yep, that is true. All my life I’ve been trying to win a school prize or trying to do OK in an exam or trying to get a good job. I’ve always been trying to do something where people go: you’re good.”
Read the full interview with McCartney via Esquire.co.uk.