Sir Paul McCartney has revealed what life was like after the Beatles’ disbandment and what he thinks of Kanye West at a recording of Mastertapes for Radio 4.
The 73-year-old spoke openly to presenter John Wilson, “I was depressed. You would be. You were breaking from your lifelong friends”. To deal with the change Paul confessed, “I took to the bevvies. I took to a wee dram.” A ‘wee dram’ is slang for a shot of whiskey.
Paul also revealed that the disbandment in 1970 almost pushed him to quit music altogether, “It was difficult to know what to do after the Beatles. How do you follow that?”
The Beatles, who formed in 1960, compromised of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The four went their separate ways in 1970. The Beatles are reportedly the best selling band in history.
McCartney played a few bars on the episode of ‘Here Today’, a song that he wrote about John Lennon in 1982. When pressed about the song and Lennon, Paul commented, “I’m quite private and don’t like to give too much away. Why should people know my innermost thoughts? But a song is the place to put them. In Here Today, I say to John, ‘I love you.’”
In 2015 Paul collaborated with Kanye West on Rihanna’s song 'FourFiveSeconds'. But what did the Beatles superstar have to say about working with Kanye West?
“I love Kanye and he loves me. He’s a monster. He’s a crazy guy who comes up with great stuff, so he inspires me. It was definitely different, because we never appeared to write a song. A lot of what we did was just tell each other stories.”
A filmed version of the episode will be available on BBC iPlayer after it is broadcasted on BBC Radio 4 at 10am on May 28.