I thought it was interesting that Paul McCartney has spoken about his history of pre-gig nerves, saying that he felt like quitting playing live as he was so nervous before The Beatles performed at Wembley Arena. It’s interesting that even someone like him get those feelings before shows.
McCartney is currently in the middle of a European arena tour and also said that he still feels like he has to win some of the crowds over. Speaking about his record of pre-show nerves, he told the Daily Mirror: The first time we ever played – pre-Beatles – I screwed up. So I never played lead guitar again. When the Beatles did Wembley (Arena, then known as the Empire Pool) for the first time (in 1963), I felt sick. I thought, I’ve got to give this up.
McCartney added that even now he encounters crowd members who are “just standing there”, but added: “We always manage to get them back in the end.”
The singer also spoke a recurring nightmare he still has about where he is performing with The Beatles and people start walking out of his gigs. He said of this: “I’m with The Beatles and it’s going great, then people start leaving. I turn to the others and go, ‘Oh God! ‘Long Tall Sally’ – that’ll get them back’”.