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Paul McCartney, 78, opts for a laid back look as he touches down in JFK airport in NYC

Paul McCartney, 78, opts for a laid back look in a navy coat and black jeans as he touches down in JFK airport in NYC

He is gearing up for the release of his 18th solo album McCartney III later this month. 

And Paul McCartney opted for a laid back look as he touched down in JFK airport in New York City on Monday.

The legendary singer, 78, donned a black bomber jacket which he wore under a navy coat as he departed the plane.

Casual: Paul McCartney opted for a laid back look as he touched down in JFK airport in New York City on Monday

The former Beatles member also wore a pair of black slim-fitting jeans and matching shoes with a dark cap.

Putting safety first, Paul sported a face mask for his flight and as he strolled through the airport.

Paul’s new album is set to be released on December 18 and serves as a continuation of his first two solo albums McCartney, from 1970, and McCartney II from 1980. 

It comes after Paul admitted he still turns to former bandmate John Lennon for advice when writing new songs, 40 years after he was shot and killed outside his New York apartment. 

Outfit: The legendary singer, 78, donned a black bomber jacket, matching jeans and a navy coat as he departed the plane

Outfit: The legendary singer, 78, donned a black bomber jacket, matching jeans and a navy coat as he departed the plane

The star described his late friend and Beatles co-founder as ‘the best collaborator in the world’ and said the anniversary of what would have been his 80th birthday was ‘happy sad’.

In an interview with Uncut magazine, he said: ‘I’m working on one at the moment that was going one way but I didn’t like the lyric. “No, this is not happening, mate.”

‘This would have been the point where John and I would have said “You know what, let’s have a cup of tea and try rethink this.”‘

Sir Paul also revealed he mentally ‘consulted’ with Lennon while working on new material. 

Old times: It comes after Paul admitted he still turns to former bandmate John Lennon for advice when writing new songs, 40 years after he was shot and killed outside his New York apartment (pictured in 1963)

Old times: It comes after Paul admitted he still turns to former bandmate John Lennon for advice when writing new songs, 40 years after he was shot and killed outside his New York apartment (pictured in 1963)

He said: ‘Yeah, often. We collaborated for so long, I think, “OK, what would he think of this? What would he say now? We’d both agree that this new song I’m talking about is going nowhere. 

‘So instead of sitting around we should destroy it and remake it. I started that process yesterday in the studio. I took the vocal off it and decided to write a new vocal.’ 

His songwriting partnership with Lennon is still seen as one of the most successful in history and together they turned The Beatles into the best selling band of all time, releasing 11 albums between 1963 and 1970. 

Devastating: Lennon was shot and killed by Mark Chapman outside the Dakota apartment complex in New York City (pictured) on December 8th, 1980

Devastating: Lennon was shot and killed by Mark Chapman outside the Dakota apartment complex in New York City (pictured) on December 8th, 1980 

He added: ‘Yeah it was [strange]. Because right up until that point I’d been working with John, the best collaborator in the world. Suddenly that was taken away. It was very difficult.’

He also admitted that what would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday on October 9 was sad as it reminded him of his friend’s early death at the hands of Mark Chapman, who remains behind bars for the musician’s murder on December 8th 1980.

He added: ‘[His birthday] was happy sad. It reminds me he was murdered – but it also reminds me of the fantastic times we had. I tend to think back to early times.’

Still going: Paul has enjoyed an incredible burst of creativity during lockdown that will culminate with the release of his 18th studio album, McCartney III, on December 18

Still going: Paul has enjoyed an incredible burst of creativity during lockdown that will culminate with the release of his 18th studio album, McCartney III, on December 18

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