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Macca admits small gigs make him nervous

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Published: Monday, May 3, 2010, 14:39 [IST]

London (ANI): Sir Paul McCartney has admitted that he still gets butterflies in his stomach – when he plays in small venues. The former Beatle says that playing in front of a large audience doesn"t bother him but it"s the more intimate gigs that still make him nervous, reports the Telegraph.

Sir Paul - due to play the Hard Rock Calling event in Hyde Park, as well as the Isle Of Wight Festival in June said in an interview with Absolute Radio: “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."

Sir Paul told DJ Geoff Lloyd that he once almost gave up before Beatles were due to play at the NME pollwinners concert in the 1960s, but now he has no such problem with massive 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."

Topics: paul mccartney, the beatles
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