Paul McCartney says making ‘McCartney III’ during the pandemic “kind of saved me”

Paul McCartney has just released his latest studio album, McCartney III, which he recorded mostly by himself while in lockdown at his Sussex, U.K., residence.

In a new video interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, McCartney admits that making the album was a therapeutic experience.

“[T]here was a big connection with trying to keep equilibrium,” the former Beatles star notes. “Because you know, the whole world was going mad. Suddenly there was a thing that we’d never heard before…[that] was happening to…everyone in the world. So it was quite a shock.”

He continues, “It was really good to be able to play music, and make up music, and put your thoughts and your fears, and your hopes and your love into the music. So it kind of saved me…for about three or four months it took to make it.”

Beyond McCartney III, Sir Paul discussed various other topics, including how he was surprised when John Lennon announced he was quitting The Beatles.

McCartney notes that the band “always had arguments,” and that around that time they may have been bickering “a little more than usual, but nothing major.”

Paul continues, “I think we had the idea it was…coming full circle somehow, but very sort of gently. There was no big bust-up. And we just happened to have a little…group meeting one day, when John walked in and he said, ‘I’m leaving the group.’ So it was that sudden.”

McCartney explains that although it shook him at the time, upon reflection, he realized that with John’s new romantic and creative partnership with Yoko Ono, it was understandable that he’d want to move on.

The full 55-minute interview is available to Apple Music subscribers, while a 10-minute segment has been posted on YouTube.

By Matt Friedlander
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