Paul McCartney: 'I'll retire when I feel like it'

The former Beatle says he will step out of the limelight eventually but 'not today'

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Paul McCartney has discussed his plans for retirement, saying he will step away from the spotlight when he feels like it.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, the former Beatle commented: "...the answer to 'Are you going to retire?' is 'When I feel like it'. But that's not today."

In the interview, the musician and songwriter spoke about working on the setlists on his current tour, saying he likes to mix up old and new material to keep everyone happy. "So we mix it up occasionally, but mainly we hope we're pleasing the various facets in the audience," he commented.

"People say, "But why do you care, man? Someone like Bob Dylan doesn't necessarily care – he'll just do what he wants, and that's cool. I say, "Yeah, but I have these memories that haunt me of these concerts that I went to and these records that I bought." I don't want those people in my audience thinking, "Hey, we came for big hits, and you played a bunch of shit."

McCartney recently re-released five of his classic Wings and solo albums as apps. New versions of 'Band on the Run', 'McCartney', 'McCartney II', 'RAM' and 'Wings Over America', releasing them via the Apple store as apps for the iPad. The apps include the original albums and a host of special features and extra material, including remastered audio tracks, interviews, photos, artwork and rehearsal footage and documentary videos.

Earlier this month Paul McCartney resumed his Out There tour, after taking off almost two months following a virus. The former Beatle played Times Union Centre in Albany, New York on July 5, telling the crowd "It's great to be back," and opening his three-hour long set with 'Eight Days A Week'.

In May, McCartney was taken ill and hospitalised in Tokyo, Japan. He subsequently postponed a series of shows in Lubbock, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Nashville and Louisville on his 'Out There' tour, which have now been rearranged for October.

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