Sir Paul McCartney has confessed he needs a little ‘help’ and has to use a teleprompter while performing so that he doesn’t forget the lyrics to the songs.
The Beatles star, 78, admitted that he sometimes gets distracted thinking about what he’ll have for dinner, while ‘on autopilot’ singing some of his most-loved songs.
Sir Paul explained that when he gets preoccupied the teleprompter comes in handy to remind him of the words to the song he is singing.
Help! Sir Paul McCartney has confessed he has to use a teleprompter while performing his famous tracks so that he doesn’t forget the lyrics to the songs
He told US podcast Smartless: ‘Sometimes I’ll be doing a song, like Eleanor Rigby or something, and I’m on autopilot.
‘And I’m starting to think, ‘Oh, what am I gonna have for dinner? Maybe you won’t have the soup but maybe you’ll just go for the main course’.
‘Then I go ‘Stop!’, because I’m singing Eleanor Rigby! I’ve separated myself not only from Paul and fame, but a couple of bits in my head are going in different places.
Worlds away: The Beatles star, 78, admitted that he sometimes gets distracted thinking about what he’ll have for dinner, while ‘on autopilot’ singing some of his most-loved songs
‘Sometimes that breaks down and I forget the song. I have a teleprompter.’
Elsewhere on the podcast, the father-of-five discussed how he refuses to take pictures with his fans but is happy to stop and have a chat.
He said: ‘I know I’m very famous but I don’t want to walk around like I’m very famous.
That’s the one! Sir Paul explained that when he gets preoccupied the teleprompter comes in handy to remind him of the words to the song he is singing
‘I don’t like to take pictures when people say, ‘Can I have a picture? So I say, “I’m sorry, I don’t do pictures.”
‘I sometimes feel like saying, “Look, I’m happy to talk to you”. But the minute you put your arm around me, I feel like the monkey in Saint-Tropez.
‘Come and have a picture taken with the monkey. And I don’t like that. It puts me off.’
No thanks! Elsewhere on the podcast, the father-of-five discussed how he refuses to take pictures with his fans but is happy to stop and have a chat (pictured taking a picture with model Corinne Foxx at the 56th GRAMMY Awards)
Sir Paul recently admitted he seeks help from elsewhere, as he revealed he 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.
He 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.”
Eternal connection: Sir Paul recently admitted he seeks help from elsewhere, as he revealed he turns to former bandmate John Lennon for advice
‘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.
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.
Old times: He described his late friend as ‘the best collaborator in the world’ (pictured together in 1963)
‘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.’
The star has just finished working on his third eponymously named album, but said when he first went solo he missed working with his former bandmate.
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.
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.’
Devastating: Lennon was shot and killed by Mark Chapman outside the Dakota apartment complex in New York City (pictured) on December 8th, 1980
Like the rest of the world Sir Paul was forced to quarantine as COVID-19 effectively ground life as we know it to a halt.
‘It was a very scary time,’ he said. ‘Other scares we’ve had – SARS, avian flu – they seemed to happen to other people. But this was happening to everyone, people you knew, everyone in the world.
‘Some of my friends, some people I knew were close to going under with it.’
Despite the restrictions enforced as a result of the pandemic he enjoyed an incredible burst of creativity during lockdown that will culminate with the release of his 18th studio album, McCartney III, in December.
Back in the day: Sir Paul has just finished working on his third eponymously named album, but said when he first went solo he missed working with his former bandmate (pictured in 1970, shortly after leaving The Beatles)