Paul McCartney reveals he now struggles to recall hit Beatles tracks

Paul McCartney has opened up about his difficult to recall hit Beatles songs and how he has to be reminded how the go. Source: Getty

Music legend Paul McCartney has admitted he struggles to remember some of The Beatles’ most iconic songs and has to be reminded how they go during rehearsals.

Speaking about the much-loved groups’ collection of greatest songs, McCartney explained that, as some of them are at least 55-years-old, he sometimes has to listen to old recordings to get back into the swing of things again.

“I have to re-learn everything,” he told The Mirror. “I’ve written an awful lot, you can’t retain them all. We go in rehearsal and I’m, ‘oh yeah, that’s how it goes.”

McCartney was also asked whether he thinks the songs are “pretty good” to which he replied with a laugh: “I do, I really do”.

Before adding: “Some of the old songs you say, ‘oh, that’s clever, I wouldn’t have done that’.”

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The singer’s comments come just weeks after he surprised fans at a concert in Los Angeles when he welcomed former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr on to the stage for a rare performance together.

Thousands of people packed into Dodger Stadium earlier this month expecting to see McCartney belting out some of the band’s greatest hits – so when Starr stepped out, it was an unexpected yet amazing shock.

Standing in front of his adoring fans at the sold out concert, the talented rocker announced: “We’ve got a surprise for us, a surprise for you, a surprise for everyone: Ladies and gentlemen, the one and only, Ringo Starr.”

The crowd erupted into applause as the drummer walked up to his bandmate, with fans cheering and waving their hands in excitement while McCartney embraced his friend in a hug and planted a kiss on his forehead.

“Peace and love everybody,” Starr yelled out to the flurry of people standing below, before making his way to the drum set behind.

“I love you man,” McCartney said to the talented musician, as he prepared to play some hit tunes for his many fans.

To the delight of concert attendees, the two launched straight into The Beatles’ classics ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and ‘Helter Skelter’.

Despite being in their 70s, the musicians put on a spectacular show, rocking out to the tunes with big smiles spread across their faces. The performance has since been shared online with fans claiming they had “extreme goosebumps” listening to the two play together once again.

“I wasn’t even there and I got the extreme goosebumps to this video,” one person wrote on YouTube.

“Wow, Paul and Ringo together! So amazing! This is fantastic footage! I think I would have fainted if I had been there. Just watching your clip made me overwhelmed with excitement and emotion,” another said.

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