Last night Paul McCartney sat down for an extended interview on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and performed 3 songs. Things started off with a strange incident when Paul and Jimmy switched accents, and from there it was a great combination of comedy and insightful discussion about Paul's music career. Check it out:
One of the first things that came up was how Paul McCartney comes up with his concert set lists. Then, things shifted to the infamous 1964 Shea Stadium concert, as Paul told the story of the early days of stadium concert sound systems. Also some really funny stories about Keith Richards and the Beatles / Rolling Stones history that was more of a friendship than a competitive rivalry. The extended interview is a real treat for music nerds like me; Paul talked about his song writing process and while making his album with 4 producers he was reminded of the tremendous variety on some of the classic Beatles records. The art on the cover of the New album is a tribute to Dan Flavin, who's famous for his work with flourescent lights.
It's a really funny interview, where Paul also claims to have been way ahead of the Facebook / Instagram generation and Jimmy shamelessly tries to strum up a collaborative project with Paul for the future. After the interview, Paul and his band played 3 songs. "Save Us" and "New" off his upcoming album, New, were followed by the Beatles classic Lady Madonna which had The Roots joining with subtle funky touches. Check out the musical performances below:
"Save Us" by Paul McCartney
"New" by Paul McCartney