Paul McCartney talks rival relationship with John Lennon and new Peter Jackson documentary

News 08/05/2020

Speaking in a recent interview on The Howard Stern Show, Paul McCartney addressed his relationship with late bandmate John Lennon. When asked why Lennon didn't veto the song 'Let It Be' when he didn't like it, McCartney responded:

"Yeah, he could have, yeah. But John didn't mind 'Let It Be.' I mean, the thing about John is that he would just take the piss out of anything he wanted to, you know, he would make fun of things, and you just knew that that was John,"

"I'll tell you what's really great - Peter Jackson, the director who did 'Lord of the Rings' and various other great films, has got hold I think of about 54 hours of footage, film footage that was done when we did the [1970] film 'Let It Be,'"

"And he's edited it into a new form, and I'll tell you, Howard, it's great, I mean, I'm not boasting. And you see this kind of thing, you see this relationship between me and John, me and George [Harrison, guitar], and you get it."

It's unclear when the documentary will be released due to the global pandemic, however, with McCartney continuing:

"Nobody knows when anything's coming out right now, you know? But it will come out and Disney is gonna release it. But it's so lovely for me because I'd kind of bought into this whole idea that, 'Oh, me and John were rivals and didn't like each other,' and stuff,"

"But you see the film, and it's like, 'Thank God it's not true.' We're guys, we're obviously having fun together, you can see it, you know, we respect each other, and we're making music together and it's - it's a joy to see it unfold."

So how has it been so long without this 50 something hours worth of footage sitting untouched?

"We thought, well, we'd done the film, 'Let It Be,' but then this idea came up for Peter to look at this. We played New Zealand a couple of years ago and I met him,"

"He was starting on the project and I said, 'Um, well, you know, how's it looking?', you know, thinking it's gonna be a bit more sort of prelude to the band breaking up, it's going to be a bit dull, it's gonna be a bit sad for me, you know?"

"'I can't believe you said it, that's what I thought.' So, but the more I look at it, he said, it's great. He said, you look like friends and he looked like you're having a ball."

Later on in the interview, McCartney was asked his thoughts on the global COVID-19 pandemic, replying:

"It's just, it's so crazy. I'm from the generation that just came out of World War II and the spirit that they showed, you know, 'We'll do whatever's necessary. We'll all pull together and we'll try and stay happy,'"

"That spirit is kind of what they needed and it's what we need now and it is around, you know, that's, that's what we're seeing now, that a lot of people are pulling together and in a way, it's a great thing because if we don't, we're finished, you know? But it is good to see that. It's inspiring,"

"When it first started I thought, 'Oh God, here we go.' You know, people are just gonna go crazy, they'll go looting. But I think from what I can see it's happening the other way,"

"People are all realizing that there's so much good in humanity and I think, you know, thank God it seems to be showing itself. Everyone's, you know, doing their best to stay safe and look after each other and stuff, and there is a lot of, lot of good spirits."