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Paul McCartney: Q&A

Sir Paul chats with us about the Beatles, Beyonce and ''Electric Arguments,'' the new album from his duo the Fireman.

So how did you meet Youth, your Fireman partner? He's known more as a producer for bands like U2 and the Verve...
He was recommended to mix one of my tracks, and he and I became friends. We [started to] go into the studio. At first it was just a hobby, so it was very underground. We just made [music] and enjoyed it, had a lot of fun...but last year when we got together, it became different. The Fireman found his voice, so to speak, and there were real songs. It's liberating using a different identity. Like Sgt. Pepper. We kept the [Beatles] name, but it was a freedom, you know?

Beyoncé just did that too, an alter ego...
Sasha Fierce, yes! It's great because it allows you to go to new places. My motto is always ''Never do the same thing twice.''

Can you tell me about this special Beatles edition of the Rock Band game that's coming out this fall?
It will feature different periods of the band — you get early days, Liverpool, then psychedelic, and on from there. It's very cool. And I like the idea that the game introduces kids to music, you know?

Could we see the Beatles on iTunes soon?
It's a bit of a sticky issue. We want it to happen. There is a gridlock of sorts, though I am not part of the negotiations, thank goodness.

So, on this third Fireman record you play the instruments, sing, and you painted the album cover. What a Renaissance man! Can you bake, too?
Well, I did make a vegetarian lasagna recently. I found it in a book and I thought, Can I really do this? But I did, and it was quite delicious. [Laughs]

Originally posted Feb 06, 2009 Published in issue #1034 Feb 13, 2009 Order article reprints
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