Paul Tried To Top The Beatles With Band on the Run

(Gibson) In a new interview with The Guardian, Paul McCartney admitted that, with Band on the Run, he was trying to compete with what he had done with The Beatles.

"Otherwise there was kind of no point, though it was virtually impossible to do," he said. "Immediately after the Beatles, though, I was just trying to form a group. OK, I thought: I can ring up a lot of famous people and get a supergroup together, or I can go with my instinct � which is that groups don't happen like that. There has to be a certain amount of building up, shared experience, shared music. That's how it was when I started out with John � neither of us really knew how to do much. And it's the kiss of death if someone says they're the next Beatles. I was in that position with Wings, taking on this impossible task � in which my lovely wife wasn't even a musician. I had Mick Jagger saying [bad Mick Jagger impersonation], 'What's he doing getting his old lady in the band?'"

McCartney also discussed an obvious similarity between John Lennon and his work, post-Beatles. "Everyone had every reason to slag [Linda] off. In fact, there was no reason for anyone to support her," he said. "But I knew what I was doing � as did John, having Yoko on his records. He didn't think she was Aretha Franklin. He was in love and he wanted to make something new � something of his own making. It was to do with intensity of feeling. And looking back on it, he was absolutely right. Everything they did, I think, was good. John had proved himself a master in conventional terms and in joining up with Yoko he was about to prove himself in unconventional terms. In a way, that was in both our thinking." - more on this story

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