Paul McCartney Talks ‘New’ Song & Album, His Plans to Never Retire

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Mere hours after releasing his new single, “New,” Sir Paul McCartney called into WXRT Chicago this morning to discuss his new album, also titled New. “Everything’s new, baby!” Macca told WXRT’s Terri Hemmert.

As has been previously reported, McCartney worked on the album with four decidedly modern producers: Mark Ronson, Adele hitmaker Paul Epworth, Ethan Johns (son of legendary producer Glyn), and Giles Martin, son of “fifth Beatle” and producer George Martin. McCartney said that he originally planned to spend time with each of them in the studio and then decide who he wanted to hire for the album. But as he said, “I got along with them all! I couldn’t choose, I had so much fun with each one!”

Calling from a “holiday” with his family (including his children and grandchildren), McCartney noted that his next stop is tour rehearsals with his long-time backing band, to learn his New songs. “I’m excited to hear how they sound live. There’s a few that I’ve got my eye on that are made to go live!”

While McCartney has spent much of the year on his Out There Tour, he’s headlined Bonnaroo and Outside Lands this summer, as well as Coachella and Glastonbury in previous years. At first the 71-year-old legend was hesitant to play big festivals, unsure whether he would be a good fit for “the kids,” as they say. “But then I met a friend who’d been there,” McCartney explained. “[He said] ‘I was wandering through the tents and there’s all these people sitting around campfires singing Beatles songs.’ I thought, ‘I could do that!’”

Of course, it’s hard to discuss Macca without discussing the Beatles, and their ever-present influence on younger generations of music fans and musicians alike. “I get so many people coming up to me on the street saying, ‘Your music changed my life.’ And I get a lot of cool musicians saying it, like Tom Petty and Dave Grohl. For me, the main thing is I love making music so much. If I retired, I’d still do exactly what I do. So I may as well not retire.”

Quoting Willie Nelson, he said, “‘Retire from what?’ I’d do this for nothing!”

Listen to the full audio of the McCartney interview over at WXRT’s site.

- Brian Ives, Radio.com

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