Glastonbury Festival 2022: Sir Paul McCartney fears his audience will abandon him

Sir Paul McCartney has spoken of his recurring dream in which his concert audience abandons him for the bar. The Beatles legend, who is set to headline the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday night this year, also admitted the challenge he faces in choosing setlists for his concert tours.

Sir Paul has over 60 years of music behind him and began his Got Back Tour on April 28 in the United States. He must visit 13 American cities before going to Glastonbury to climb the iconic Pyramid Stage.

Speaking during rehearsals, the music star said he wanted to include the track Women and Wives in his upcoming shows but feared the fans would turn off. He said, “I’m just starting to think about it. Last time we rehearsed we worked on Women And Wives, so hopefully we’ll include that on the tour.

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“The problem with that, though, is that there’s always the eternal dilemma of what you put out, knowing that audiences really want to hear the hits, so you have to balance that very carefully. You’re taking something that ‘they know very well and put on something they don’t necessarily know, and I’m always afraid that’s the cue for them to go get a beer.

“It’s actually a recurring dream of mine: I’m playing and people are starting to come out, and I’m trying to think of a song that will keep them coming back – ‘Do Long Tall Sally, quick!’ – but they keep walking – ‘Let’s do yesterday!’ – this is the typical insecurities of the performer.

“I would love to do a whole show of new songs but it’s for the anoraks in the crowd, it’s for the deep fans.”

Sir Paul said most viewers ‘paid a lot of money, brought their mums and dads’ and don’t want to hear his ‘deep cuts’. He added, “I think they mostly want Beatles stuff, Wings stuff and maybe some of the new stuff.

“I force some of the new things on them. I know which ones people like because you can see everything turn on, all the phones record. When you say you want to make a new one it’s like a black hole!

The 2022 Glastonbury Festival lineup also includes household names Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar and Diana Ross. This year’s addition will take place at Worthy Farm from June 22-26.

Jan G. Gilbert