Poor Paul McCartney, Wings didn't get any respect after The Beatles
THEY may have topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic but Sir Paul McCartney struggled to get any respect when he was in Wings.
By: Day & Night
Published: Mon, July 1, 2013
The singer, who formed the rock band alongside his late wife Linda in 1971 after being in The Beatles, said that despite Wings producing hit album Band On The Run he was frequently slammed by critics.
“Wings was difficult but rewarding,” he told Classic Rock magazine: “I sometimes wonder if it was crazy after The Beatles to do the entire thing again.
“We struggled for years with Wings because we decided to try and do it from the ground up instead of coming in at some high level with superstars so we had to try and learn our craft all over again.’’
But Sir Paul, 71, whose band mates included drummer Denny Seiwell and former Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine, said it was the setbacks that resulted in the “rewarding” camaraderie within Wings.
“What I hoped would happen did, that we would get to know each other, the feel of each other not just me getting lumped in with five other famous people,” he added.
“So we learned this is a special thing being in a band, which is about understanding each other. So the memory of the Seventies is that yes, it was difficult but the fact it worked was rewarding.’’
Paul with then wife Linda McCartney circa 1976