Small gigs still make me nervous, says McCartney

Paul McCartney has revealed he still suffers nerves – when he plays small corporate and charity gigs.

Paul McCartney has revealed he still suffers nerves – when he plays small corporate and charity gigs.

The music superstar, 67, said playing festivals in front of tens of thousands of people are no problem but he struggles with more intimate shows.

McCartney – due to play the Hard Rock Calling event in London's Hyde Park, as well as the Isle Of Wight Festival in June – said he finds it tougher when he knows the audience may not be big fans.

In an interview with Absolute Radio, he said: “I’ll tell you what does get me nervous, when you’re playing to small groups of people.

“If it’s at all kind of corporate – so in other words, charity dos – you don’t know who you’ve got in the audience. It can be people who really don’t like rock and roll, and you’re sitting there going ’Yeah, we’re going to have a great time tonight’ and they’re just chatting to each other.

“You know: ’Well I think that was a great deal, how’s your bank?’. I sort of turn round to the band and give a look which says ’We’re working, we’re going to have to work this one, you know, there’s no relaxing’.”

McCartney told DJ Geoff Lloyd he once almost threw up before a Beatles gig the band were due to play at the NME pollwinners concert in the 1960s. But now he has no problem with major shows.

“I don’t get that kind of nervous, because if the tickets sell really well, you get an idea that these people really want to come and see you. And I kind of feel that about the people who come and see me, we’re sort of mates. We get this kind of thing going, so I don’t feel too bad.”

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