Paul McCartney Discusses Relationship With John Lennon Before Death, Names Favorite Guitar

music news 15/08/2020

During a conversation with GQ Magazine, Paul McCartney talked about John Lennon, The Beatles, his guitar collection, and more.

When asked, "You've said in the past that you've occasionally dreamed about John Lennon. When was the last time?", the musician replied:

"I don't keep count, really, but it was probably about a month ago. The thing is: if you're a performer - or me as a performer, I find that dreams are often related to a gig or getting ready for a gig or being in a recording studio and I think a lot of performers are like that.

"So, often, John or George will be in there. And the good thing is you don't really think anything of it, it's just normal, like, 'Oh, yeah?' and you're just chatting away, talking about what we're going to do, as in making a record or something.

"So he's often there, I'm glad to say... And it's normally very pleasant, you know? I love those boys."

You saw a lot more of John in the years leading up to his death than people assume, didn't you?


"I was very lucky in that respect. We settled our family squabble and I was able to see him and to speak to him on a number of occasions, so we were friends 'til the end."

You've got hundreds of guitars. Which one is your favorite?


"I have an Epiphone Casino, which is one of my favorites. It's not the best guitar, but I bought it in the 1960s.

"I went into a shop on Charing Cross Road and asked the guys if they had a guitar that would feed-back because I was very much into Jimi Hendrix and that kind of thing.

"I loved that kind of stuff and so I wanted a guitar that was going to give me feedback, as none of the others could. So they showed me the Casino. Because it's got a hollow body, it feeds back easier. I had a lot of fun with that.

"That's the guitar I played the 'Taxman' solo on and it's also the guitar I played the riff on 'Paperback Writer' with. It's still probably my favorite guitar."