Paul McCartney's Competitive Spirit Remains Alive And Well
Over 50 years after he and his fellow Beatles bandmates took America by storm, Paul McCartney admits that his burning competitive spirit has kept him hungry for success. McCartney addresses his creative need to "keep up with the Joneses" on the track "Alligator" off his latest Top Five album, New. McCartney told England's Daily Mirror, "It seems to me that no matter how famous, no matter how accomplished or how many awards you get, you're always still thinking there's somebody out there who's better than you.
McCartney just snagged the top spot on Billboard's final Hot Tours list for the year, with a $40 million gross for his six November Japan shows. Despite the unparalleled success on both the recording and touring fronts, he revealed that he still battles self-doubt: "I'm often reading a magazine and hearing about someone's new record and I think, 'Oh, boy, that's gonna be better than me.' It's a very common thing. One thing that's good about it is, I think it's a good motivator. It keeps you hungry. I think the minute you're full up and have had enough to eat, then that's time to retire."
Since returning to the road in 1989 after a decade-long hiatus, McCartney has given-short shrift to his beloved Wings material, performing a setlist dominated by Beatles hits and album classics. Only in very recent years has McCartney begun exploring the Wings era of 1972 to 1979, but on the whole, chalks it up to being mainly uninspired work: "I mean, I've written so many songs, they can't just all be as good as each other. Y'know, you look at anyone who is any good and it just doesn't churn out, y'know? You've gotta have your ups and downs. You can't just keep it churning out like a sausage factory where it just comes out A-1 all the time. It's not like that."
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