EXCLUSIVE – PAUL McCARTNEY ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS!

The star on his ideal festival line-up, his Glasto headline slot and much much more...

Paul McCartney has revealed that his ultimate fantasy festival line-up would feature THE BEATLES, THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE, THE ROLLING STONES and THE SEX PISTOLS, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

In an exclusive interview with you, the readers of NME.COM, the star said that he would also love to see The Who, Queen, The Grateful Dead and Radiohead all appear on the bill.

Answering your questions, the former Beatle also lifted the lid on this year’s triumphant Glastonbury performance and rated it as one of his best gigs.

The star said that he would want ex-bandmate, the late [/a], to play on the Pyramid Stage.

However, despite an all-star fantasy festival line-up, when asked who he would like in his dream supergroup, [a] said that he would choose a “bench full of buskers from the street”.

[/a] will release a new book ’Each One Believing: Onstage, Offstage and Backstage’ on November 4 which will give an access-all-areas account of life on the road during his recent world tour.

To read the whole interview with [a], answering questions from NME.COM readers and readers of his official website, see below…

1) Glastonbury must have been special to you but what show or concert if you could go back in time would you like to do and experience all over again as if it was the first time? Please will you come and play for us in Northern Ireland thanks. (Thomas Cardwell, Northern Ireland)

PM: “Shea Stadium, New York, with a good sound system.”

2) Do you ever worry about taking a number of priceless and iconic instruments, like your Hofner and the Epiphone Texan, with you onstage? (Martin Berka, Finland)

PM: “No, they are just instruments to me. Lovely as they are, they’re there to be played.”

3) Having experienced Glastonbury as a performer, as a punter, who would make it on to your fantasy line-up for Saturday on the Pyramid Stage? Neil Young, Radiohead, Prince or maybe Oasis?(Joe Norman, UK)

PM: “Living… Neil Young and Bob Dylan. Deceased… John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix.”

4) If at all, do you think your image has changed in the eyes of the younger generations before and after Glastonbury? And where do you go from there? (Nick Crewdson, UK)

PM: “Maybe many of them hadn’t seen me play live before. I got a lot of good feedback from younger people after the gig. We had a ball.”

5) Paul, there were a lot of young bands who played at Glastonbury. Many of them have been strongly influenced by your music. How did that make you feel?(Clorinda, US)

PM: “Cool!”

6) Is there anything you would have done different? (Christine, US)

PM: “It seemed to have worked fine for me.”

7) Sir Paul, has your recent trip to Glastonbury inspired any new songs? (Paul Arvizu, US)

PM: “Maybe a bit because I’m working on a new album now.”

8) How did the Glastonbury experience of 2004 compare with the Shea Stadium experience of 1965? (Laurence Guymer, UK)

PM: “The difference was you could hear us!”

9) Does this year’s Glastonbury rate as one of you top gigs ever? (Peter McPhillips, UK)

PM: “It does.”

10) What eight bands (both here and gone) would make up your ultimate festival line-up? (Gareth Morgan, UK)

PM: “The Beatles, The Who, Rolling Stones, Queen, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Radiohead and Sex Pistols (to name but a few).”

11) Was it difficult to try to choose only a limited number of songs from such a massive collection to perform at Glastonbury? (Jordan, UK)

PM: “Yes.”

12) Hi Paul! Do you get a kick out of new youngsters digging your classic tunes & discovering your newer music as at Glastonbury does a good tune last forever? (Bill and Cher, US)

PM: “Yes it’s a great tribute and a buzz.”

13) Thanks for taking questions from the board. I like the new song ‘Follow Me’. What was your inspiration? (Tori, US)

PM: “Love love love.”

14) Was it possible to rock in wellies?(Jordan, UK)

PM: “Definitely dryer.”

15) Were you more nervous before entering the stage in Glasto than usual? As you knew the audience were not just Macca maniacs? Do you think it’s been much more difficult to satisfy those crowds? (Trenz, Germany)

PM: “No, there was not enough time to be nervous as we got there late.”

16) How long did it take you to prepare for this concert? (Michael, US)

PM: “All my life.”

17) Is playing festivals as good as playing your own shows at venues? (Ingrid Perez, US)

PM: “It’s different, a different kind of excitement.”

18) If you where playing Glastonbury again and you had to form a supergroup to play alongside you and you had to choose from today’s artists, who would you include? (Stephen, Ireland)

PM: “I’d choose a bench full of buskers from the street.”

19) Was the ambience of the Glastonbury festival and its crowd in any way reminiscent of your Wings era? (Stephen Jerkins, US)

PM: “Not really, we didn’t really do many festivals.”