Watch Paul McCartney Perform ‘New’ & Talk Beatles Anxiety on ‘Kimmel’
Paul McCartney took over the streets of Hollywood last night (September 23) with a performance that featured new tracks from his upcoming album New (out October 15) and some from his old days.
The 15-song performance included Beatles hits like “Let It Be,” “Hey Jude” and “Magical Mystery Tour,” along with Wings classics (“Junior’s Farm”, “Band on the Run”), and new solo tracks “Save Us,” “Another Day” and the already released first single, “New.” Two of the songs–”New” and “Lady Madonna”–were featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. (Watch “Lady Madonna” below.)
While there, McCartney also sat down to chat with Kimmel about his new album, which was recorded at Abbey Road, and the first song he wrote with John Lennon, which was “I Saw Her Standing There.” A song he says, at the time, was only wishful thinking.
“We couldn’t get arrested with women,” McCartney said. “Me and George [Harrison] would go to like the dance and we’d sit around all evening…We never asked anyone until the last waltz. Then there’d be no time for anything, because the girl would go home and we’d blown it.”
He also detailed his Beatles anxiety dreams.
“Let’s say I’m there with the Beatles, and we’re playing and the audience starts to leave,” McCartney said, before explaining that he sometimes wakes up in a cold sweat. In reality though, no audience has ever left any performance featuring McCartney.
The host also talked about the upcoming 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ show at the historic Hollywood Bowl. McCartney says he remembers a lot of screaming, beautiful girls. “We were young, we were healthy, we were ready to roll,” he explained.
McCartney also got a little sassy with Kimmel after the host said that the Beatle first met Elvis Presley while in town to play that very show, something Sir Paul says didn’t actually happen. “Now Jimmy, yours is just research, mine’s memory.”
In the end, McCartney says the Beatles were a threat to Elvis, at least according to The King’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker. “It’s hard to imagine you guys being beneath anyone in any situation,” Kimmel said.
“Oh we were beneath many people in our day,” McCartney joked. “Believe me.”
Paul’s still got it.
Watch the full stream of McCartney’s Hollywood concert here.