Sir Paul McCartney, 78, said that while some people would like to see him perform some of his greatest hits on stage in Las Vegas or on Broadway, he has dismissed following in the footsteps of the likes of Sir Elton John, Sir Rod Stewart and Bruce Springsteen for various reasons. The go-to hotspot is widely known for having some of the world’s most famous artists perform for their fans.
As for playing Vegas, That’s something I’ve been trying to avoid my whole life
When asked if he had considered having his own Nevada residency, he said: “Some people would like me to do it, as they say I’ve got plenty of stories and plenty of songs, but one of the things that’s holding me back at the moment is that Bruce has just done it, you know?
“It feels a bit like, ‘Oh, suddenly I’ll do it now then!’”
Paul went on to say this has made him “a little reluctant” to “follow a trend”.
“The idea is OK, but I think I’d just prefer to play with the band to a bigger audience, or ever smaller – I don’t mind little clubs,” he added.
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“I do a solo segment in the middle of my shows at the moment and to do a whole show like that, I’m not sure I fancy it.”
He continued to GQ Magazine: “It might be a little bit like too much hard work.
“As for playing Vegas, That’s something I’ve been trying to avoid my whole life.”
The singer went on to say “nothing” attracts him to the idea as he also believes the city is “where you go to die”.
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Paul rose to fame with The Beatles in 1960.
The band’s best known line-up consisted of Paul, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
The group split after a decade together in 1970 and they went on to focus on solo projects.
In the same interview, the father-of-five addressed the band’s break-up, 50 years on.
“I suppose that when The Beatles broke up, perhaps there was a misconception that we all sort of hated each other,” he divulged.
“What I realise now is that, because it was a family, because it was a gang, families argue.
“And families have disputes. And some people want to do this and some people want to do that.”
Sir Paul was due to headline the Pyramid stage at what was meant to be Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary this year.
The highly-anticipated event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Paul previously teased making a potential appearance on the world famous stage ahead of being confirmed.
He said in a Radio 2 interview: “People are saying that it will be good if I did it, so I’m starting to think about whether I can or whether it would be a good thing. It’s starting to become some remote kind of possibility.”
Read the full feature in the September issue of British GQ available via digital download and on newsstands today.