Paul McCartney Addresses The Difficulties Of Forming A Band After The Beatles

Paul McCartney recently talked about how he felt when The Beatles broke up, but he decided not to quit and continue making music on NPR with Terry Gross. He reflected on the formation of Wings and how he had to start from the bottom even though he had reached high success with The Beatles.

During their ten years together, The Beatles dominated the rock and roll genre and influenced many contemporary and younger artists. Some may say that they broke up way too soon, but the conflicts, arguments, and future lawsuits proved that maybe it was for the best. Their dramatic break-up didn’t affect how big they were.

Their music is spread all over the world, and they are still considered one of the most influential bands of rock and roll. Hence, it was difficult for the band members to establish their solo careers and top their band careers after they disbanded. Paul McCartney recently reflected on this matter and stated that it was impossible to top The Beatles’ career because it was a unique ‘combination of talents.’

He appreciated his then bandmates and stated how timeless their music was. Once the band was over, he decided that the only way to achieve success again was to start from the bottom, as he did with The Beatles, and work his way up slowly. He offered his wife Linda to form the band Wings, and they started playing smaller gigs at clubs. The former Beatle also revealed this was a painful process after tasting all the previous success.

Here is what McCartney stated about forming Wings after Beatles.

“It was quite difficult because I didn’t know what to do at all, and I didn’t really have any brainy ideas except, ‘If I want to continue in music, maybe I’ll form another band.’ But then, how do you do that after The Beatles? How can anything I do be as good as The Beatles? The Beatles were a very special combination of talents.

You had me doing what I do, you had John [Lennon] doing what he does, and then you had George [Harrison], who by then had come on as a very strong songwriter, and then gluing it all together. And you had Ringo. So, that was something very special, as has been proved by its longevity, and the stuff we did together still sounds good, still lives today.”

Macca continued to say:

“It was a question of, ‘How can you get better than that?’ And I think I just had to say, ‘Well, you can’t, but if you want to keep going, you should maybe think about starting something else.’ So, I did. I talked to my wife Linda and said, ‘Do you want to be in a band? Do we want to start a band?’

And the idea then was, ‘OK, the only way I can do this is to start like The Beatles did, at the bottom, and just play some little clubs or whatever it was.’ We’d play little gigs, and it gradually walked up that staircase again, until you were now at the top. And so that’s what I did with Wings, but it was a very difficult period before we decided to do that – when I was just kind of lost.”

You can watch the full interview below.