Paul McCartney and me.
11/6/2012 5:18:00 PM
Yep, I sat next to Paul McCartney on a couch and did a 15 minute interview with him. And yep, it's my best rock star moment.
It was October of 2002 and I got an email asking me if I wanted to do a phoner with Sir Paul. I said of course and then a couple of hours later they asked if I would rather do it in person...dumb question! But then all kinds of crazy thoughts started going through my head like, would I blow the interview? Will he be a jerk? Although I doubted that one.
I showed up at Scottrade at 5:30 and was met outside by security. They took me to a dressing room where two British ladies were ironing clothes and generally prepping others. They were quite charming and I enjoyed sitting there chatting with them. Someone popped in to say that Paul would be late as he wants to do sound check first. I asked if I could watch and they said no. Apparently, Paul didn’t even want the ushers seeing sound check so I sat there.
As I sat there patiently waiting, I’m guessing I had been in Scottrade for a total of about an hour or so. It was clearly one of those situations where you, “hurry up and wait.” But I didn’t care…it was Paul McCartney.
Even though I couldn’t watch sound check I could sure hear it from this dressing room. It went on for quite a while and to this day I really can’t remember how long exactly. Sound check stops and I continue to wait…and wait. And then, Paul McCartney enters the room.
I stand up to greet him and we’re introduced by his tour manager. Paul immediately says in that Paul accent, “Do you mind waiting for a few minutes? I’ve got to do something.” I said sure and he leaves. Was I star struck? You bet your ass I was and it was probably only the second time in my life that I ever had been. I met Eric Clapton by chance on 8th and Pine in 1986 when he was in town for the filming of the Chuck Berry movie. That’s a whole other story.
Paul returns about 10 minutes later and sits next to me on the couch. He couldn’t have been friendlier or more accommodating. I had my own questions I wanted to ask but I also asked listeners to give me their questions as I didn’t want to bombard Sir Paul with tons of questions that he gets every time.
Afterward, he signed an autograph for me and we took a photo which you see here. I raced back to the studio and played it on the air and I don’t think it’s seen the light of day since. It was quite a 24 hour period as I then boarded a flight for Cabo San Lucas at 5am for Sammy Hagar’s birthday party…it was my first time going down there.
Does it get any bigger than meeting a Beatle? I don’t really think so. Although I would love to meet Mick, Keith and actually interview Eric Clapton. It was a good day. Enjoy listening.