Paul McCartney revisits Beatles days, his friendship with John Lennon and much more with Stephen Colbert.
Paul McCartney took down a trip to memory lane when he appeared on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ on Monday night to promote his new Children’s book ‘Hey Granddude!.’ The legendary musician shared various memories about his childhood and delved into deep about Beatles.
Stephen Colbert presented Paul with an old candid capture of him with John Lennon composing a song. Seeing the picture, Paul was immediately taken back to the memories of John, the Beatles days and their break-up.
He recalls how he was painted as the bad guy when the band broke up and that affected him immensely who was already trying to find a new life after moving out from the Beatles. There were several talks about him and John Lennon not getting together well, but that picture reminded him that they were friends, it reminded him of them working together and how cool it was. He further said that after a point he kind of bought into the rumors because he was called enough that it made him think that maybe he really was.
Reminiscing his journey to music, he narrates that a lot of his taste and interest in music is credited to his Dad. His family was very musical and they used to have many musical nights where he used to perform along with his family while growing up. However, it was the unfortunate demise of her Mom when he was just 14 that affected him musically and personally. Talking about the tragedy he said that he was trying to cope up with his mother’s loss. It was a difficult time for him but then he found music, and that’s how he and John bonded as he too had suffered the same loss.
Reflecting upon the heydays of the band, when asked by Stephen about the catalog of Beatles songs, the icon shared that Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, and Marvin Gaye are among some of his favorite Beatles covers. He also revealed that ‘Twist and Shout’ was his favourite great cover done by the Beatles, and people even thought that it was the Beatles’ composition.
McCartney lastly spoke that he often dreams about his former bandmate John. He explains that when two people have had a deep relationship for long, he likes it when people visit in dreams. He gets band dreams, a lot of dreams about John. When the host queried him to share one of his dreams, he jokingly denied but shared that he dreams about being in the band with John. He says that in his dreams, he is often with John just talking about doing something and he comes to get his bass ready to play and it’s covered in sticky tape. They are all good dreams, he finished.
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John was shot dead at the age of 40 by a deranged fan in 1980. As a tribute to the celebrated musician and their former bandmate, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney composed a cover together for Lennon’s ‘Grow Old with Me.’ The song will release in late October as a part of Ringo’s 20th Album.