Sir Paul McCartney almost quit The Beatles due to crippling stage fright
Sir Paul McCartney — who is celebrating his 80th birthday this weekend — very nearly gave up on his Beatles career.
We mean, imagine a world without The Beatles as we know them?
The rocker achieved international superstardom when the Liverpudlian four-piece shot to fame in the 1960s, but Paul admitted that he was so overcome with stage fright he considered quitting.
Asked by a fan on his website www.paulmccartney.com in 2017 what his biggest fear was, the star replied: “Performing, it was always the idea that the audience didn’t like you and you had to prove yourself.
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“I think that’s why a lot of people get stage fright and get nervous. You think, ‘Oh my god, I’m gonna be terrible, they hate me, and it’s all terrible.’
“And so I think that was one of the earliest fears. I remember nearly giving it all up when we were doing a concert in Wembley – which was a Poll-Winners concert – in the really early days of The Beatles.
“And I remember feeling physically sick with a knot in my stomach thinking, ‘I should give this up, this is just too painful, what am I doing?’ I got over it.
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“And as you can see I didn’t give it up! So that’s two different kinds of fears.”
We’re willing to bet that Paul is pretty glad that he didn’t give up now.
The singer went on to admit that although he still has a bit of stage fright his nerves are a lot better, adding: “[I’m] not too bad. What I do is I always say to my promoter when a tour is coming up: ‘Put one show on sale and see how it goes’.
“And he’ll ring me back and say, ‘It’s sold out! Twenty minutes!’ So I’ve got to assume that they like me.
“So it gives you a confidence and I think I can probably relax, they probably like me. And it means you can enjoy the show more.”
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