Paul McCartney Holds Bruce Springsteen Accountable, ‘I Blame Him’

During an episode of Conan O’Brien’s ‘Needs A Friend’ podcast, Paul McCartney discussed the topic of artists being expected to play longer sets and mentioned Springsteen as the major influence of it. When O’Brien asked McCartney if Springsteen had ‘ruined it for everyone,’ he replied with:

“These days, pretty much there’s the main act and there might be a warm-up act. Then [in the 1960s], it was a lot of people on the bill because nobody did long, now people will do three or four hours. I blame Bruce Springsteen – I’ve told him so, I said, ‘It’s your fault, man.'”

Doing half an hour sets, apparently, was The Beatles’ thing. McCartney continued:

“You can’t now do an hour; we used to do a half hour. That was The Beatles thing – half an hour, and we got paid for it.”

The rocker clarified the reason behind their 30-minute performances, stating that it was not unusual for them:

“I tried to work out why was it so short. Well, because there were a lot of people on the bill. I think when you went to a thing if you were a comedian, the promoter would say, ‘How long can you do? Four minutes?’ The guy would say yes, so they would do four, and so we thought, ‘well, half an hour that’s like epic’… It didn’t seem strange’.”

According to McCartney, The Boss was the first person to introduce the trend of long-duration performances. This trend made it challenging to pull off shorter sets. Additionally, he highlighted that during their peak in the 60s, The Beatles would only perform for half an hour, and this never posed a problem for their fans.

Listen to the podcast down below.