“Wings are underrated. It’s difficult to follow The Beatles. It’s like following God”: How Paul McCartney quit the world's biggest band... and triumphed

Paul McCartney performs live on stage with Wings at Ahoy on 25th March 1976 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He plays a Rickenbacker 4001S bass guitar
(Image credit: Photo by vCaem/Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

After The Beatles split in 1970, Paul McCartney continued his career with the release of two solo albums and seven more with Wings, as well as touring at all levels of the music industry, from universities to arenas. It wasn’t all easy going, though. The Beatles’ catalogue contained so much gold, and McCartney knew from day one that his new material was being compared to his golden era.

“Wings are underrated,” said McCartney in the May 2021 issue of Bass Player. “The Beatles was the best band in the world. It’s difficult to follow that. It’s like following God. Very difficult, unless you’re Buddha. Anything Wings did had to be viewed in the light of the Beatles. And the comparisons were always very harsh.”

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.

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