Last night the CBC ran an interview with Sir Paul McCartney, Rendezvous with Paul McCartney, that included not only a sit-down chat with Genevieve Borne, but also some video of his backstage pre-performance rituals. I’ve seen several interviews over the years with Sir Paul and often found him to be just a wee bit full of himself. Not that he doesn’t have the credentials to look down on most in the entertainment industry, but he sometimes gave me the impression he felt his millions of fans were more of a nuisance than anything. But in the Borne interview he was anything but egotistical.
He appears to be fully cognizant of the “dance with the one that brung ya concept”
What I have always admired about McCartney is that while he has continued to develop and grow as an artist, from the Beatles through Wings and to the present, he hasn’t forgotten what got him here. His shows are still packed with songs from the Beatles and Wings. He appears to be fully cognizant of the “dance with the one that brung ya concept”!
Mind you, should McCartney echo some of his contemporaries and moan that his earlier work is “all so yesterday”, he has a point!
Of course he does have a bit of an advantage over many other artists in that the entire, now classic, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album was studio recorded and released in 1967 after the Beatles had stopped performing live. On his current tour Sir Paul is performing Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! for the first time live.
Many performers come across as though their body of work is an embarrassment to them and they refuse to play old songs
Many performers come across as though their body of work is an embarrassment to them and they refuse to play old songs. Or if pushed they will play an almost unrecognizable updated version of their earlier work. Is it because they have “grown” that they no longer play them?
I recall reading once that Sting wasn’t overly fond of playing a number of the Police hits now. That was then, this is now, see how I’ve changed. There’s no need to do an entire show of old tunes, but throw in a few for good measure. After all, they brung ya!
Mind you, should McCartney echo some of his contemporaries and moan that his earlier work is “all so yesterday“, he has a point!