'THE LYRICS: 1956 TO THE PRESENT' out November 2nd
In this extraordinary book, with unparalleled candour, Paul recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career.
Edited and Introduced by Paul Muldoon
Published 2nd November, 2021
You Gave Me The Answer – Alexey in Russia Asks...
We couldn’t wait to ask Paul the question for this month’s ‘You Gave Me The Answer’. We genuinely had no idea what he might say and were very intrigued to find out! Let's launch straight in…
Alexey in Russia asks: “What was the biggest - or one of the biggest - fears in your life and how did you overcome it?”
We spoke with Paul ahead of his Desert Trip performances to find out:
“Thank you for your question, Alexey. Biggest fears? When I was a kid it was just getting beaten up by a local gang. You know, that was a purely physical fear. Where I lived it was a hard estate and there were guys who if you saw them you would just go to the other side of the street. Because you knew they would just say, 'Hey you, who you lookin’ at?' And there was no right answer! 'You!' And they’re coming at you! 'Not you!' And they’re coming at you! Performing, it was always the idea that the audience didn’t like you and you had to prove yourself. I think that’s why a lot of people get stage fright and get nervous. You think, 'Oh my god, I’m gonna be terrible, they hate me, and it’s all terrible.' And so I think that was one of the earliest fears. I remember nearly giving it all up when we were doing a concert in Wembley - which was a Poll-Winners concert - in the really early days of The Beatles. And I remember feeling physically sick with a knot in my stomach thinking, 'I should give this up, this is just too painful, what am I doing?' I got over it. And as you can see I didn’t give it up! So that’s two different kinds of fears."
PMc.com: "Do you still get stage fright now?"
Paul: "Not too bad. What I do is I always say to my promoter when a tour is coming up: 'Put one show on sale and see how it goes.' And he’ll ring me back and say, 'It’s sold out! Twenty minutes!' So I’ve got to assume that they like me. So it gives you a confidence and I think I can probably relax, they probably like me. And it means you can enjoy the show more."
So there you have it, Paul had the same fears as us when we were little! Having never played Wembley as one of The Beatles, we’re not quite as sure we can relate to his performance fear though! What are your fears? Let us know in the comments below...