Interview for WNNX 99X • Friday, June 20, 1997

Interview for WNNX 99X

Interview of Paul McCartney
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Album This interview has been made to promote the Flaming Pie Official album.

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From Billboard Magazine, July 5, 1997:

A moment in time with the Macca. WNNX (99X) Atlanta pulled off what it says is the longest radio interview in history with Paul McCartney on a recent “Morning X” shift. The 50-minute segment was hosted by a.m. team Leslie Fram and Jimmy Baron, as well as Ed Roland, lead singer of Collective Soul. Portions of the interview were aired through the week of June 16. Said Fram, “I’ve waited 20 years [for this]. There are so many things I always wanted to ask him. For instance, does he miss working with Peter, Davey and Mickey?”

From Wikipedia:

99X became one of the most influential alternative rock stations in the United States, and played a key role in breaking numerous acts during its early years.

About “Press To Play“:

Paul McCartney: I particularly wanted it to like be a hit… But I don’t know, I think it was the wrong approach or something or the songs weren’t that good or whatever… When you put out as many albums as me it’s really be a bit much to expect every single one of them to catch fire.

About Nirvana:

I thought they were a really cool band. […] The thing about The Beatles, you can be the next Beatles for one record, but try it for 10 albums or so. It’s not easy to sustain, you know?

On touring:

At the moment I haven’t actually got a band together… It’s also a mood thing for me, touring. Sometimes I’m really in a writing mood and I think I really shouldn’t disturb this… At the moment I’m into writing, recording. I’ve got this big orchestral thing I’m getting ready for the autumn… Plus I’m into actually enjoying a bit of summer, too, that’s the other thing people forget. […] Yeah, sure, I always figure I’m gonna tour again… It’s a kind of habit with me. I like playing music and I love the feedback you can get from an audience. I don’t like it all the time. I can get bored with stuff. I can get bored with being in the studio too much. So it’s to do with a balance… As you get older, I’m not so sure it’s hip to tour every year. I think that’s good when you’re getting started. I think when you get to this stage of the game I’m at, you’ve got to give people a couple of years to sort of want you again. Now, you know, the die-hard fans will say We want you, come on back now. But you know, I’m fussy, if I’m going on tour somewhere and I see that the tickets aren’t selling too well, I just pull that show I just can’t go there… You gotta watch it, you don’t want people to get bored with you.

About Linda:

[She’s] feeling good. [But] It’s scary. And this is the love of my life we’re talking about. The thing is, none of us expects to die. So when something life threatening like that comes into your life, boy, it focuses you up, and how. So in some ways, it’s not a bad thing. You start having to talk about stuff you don’t want to talk about. But you just get through it, you go through what you gotta do and you just trust to the good Lord…

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