Sir Paul McCartney has hinted that he may be about to embark on a collaboration with Gorillaz. The 68-year-old former Beatle revealed that he has been in talks with Damon Albarn about working together, but has not yet been able to nail down a a time.
He said, “We have kind of talked. Nothing serious, but I like what they do. I have run into Damon at things and we have talked. It’s got near a couple of times but we never had the time, I suppose.”
McCartney also gave a couple of interesting comments regarding the rather maligned record that is McCartney II, with its experimental and electronic touches – although he stopped short of saying it was influenced by Sparks.
“Sparks? Not so much. I’d just seen them on telly and probably the main reason I noticed them is they famously said guitars are finished. I was like, ‘not entirely sure about that, lads.’ Ha!”
Elsewhere, McCartney expounded on the excellent 1970 album, McCartney, the first album he released after the depressing break-up of the Beatles.
“It was right after the Beatles had broken up, we’d finished recording,” he said. “I’d been writing a couple of songs towards the end of the Beatles sessions.
“So after that I just had this choice – like, do I immediately get another band? Do I take six months off from music? Or do I just do what I do and make some music at home, that kind of thing. So I ended up doing that – I didn’t think I was making an album, I think that’s why some of the things are not aimed at anyone or anything. They are just me having fun.”
In other news, Sir Paul will play a number of North American tour dates in July, including two shows at New York’s Yankee Stadium on July 15 and 16. That’s a fast turnaround, as he only just finished off his 15-month Up and Coming world tour the other week.