Paul McCartney Calls Out Bands Using Backing Tapes

An important part of being a musician of any level of success is being able to tune out critics. Unless, of course, your critic is Paul McCartney. Then you should probably listen.

In a recent interview with the UK's Express, the former Beatle hit out at large music acts that use backing tracks to aid in their live performances. McCartney revealed that his current sound guy, Paul Pablo Boothroyd, had let him in on the fact that many of the major acts he had worked with in the past had used backing tapes.

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Josh Hart

Josh Hart is a former web producer and staff writer for Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado magazines (2010–2012). He has since pursued writing fiction under various pseudonyms while exploring the technical underpinnings of journalism, now serving as a senior software engineer for The Seattle Times.