I mean this with the greatest respect (as my few previous posts hopefully show what a dedicated fan I am), but I feel the time is right for Paul to bow out from these kind of public live events, like the Queen's Jubilee/Olympics etc., as he is no longer doing himself any favours with the casual viewer, for whom he is unfortunately becoming an easy target to ridicule (as I'm seeing a lot of examples of in social media and amongst my own friends). I feel this is harming his legacy with the overall public (though not with fans and critics so much)
It's clear that over the past 2 or 3 years that there has been a marked downturn in Paul's live vocal abilities, which has even extended to his regular speaking voice. I'm not trying to unfairly criticise, he's 70 in less than 2 weeks time so it's absolutely understandable, especially with his continued regular live performances at pushing 3 hours a time, it's bound to have an effect.
I think Bob Dylan and Elton John are two other examples of legends whose prolific live schedule has taken a toll on their voices, so it's not just Paul. Contrast with Tom Jones last night at Buckingham Palace, now I'm not aware of him having a particularly hectic tour schedule over the last few years, and certainly not of 3 hour shows like Paul would pull off, and it shows as his voice is still in great condition. He'll be 72 in a couple of days!
I'd love to see Paul do more work in the studio, where I believe his changing voice is being used in really interesting ways; Kisses On The Bottom sounds great, he sings them with a great "old man" voice (not intended as a criticism!). He's used that same kind of voice on things like "Growing Up Falling Down" and "The End Of The End" and I love it, it's all part of making up a full life times body of work of the greatest popular musician the world has ever produced. I'd love to hear what a 2022 album with an 80 year old Paul would sound like!
I know there were rumours, never publically, that Paul is planning to retire from live performances when he hits 70. I have to say, for his sake, I'm kind of hoping that's the case. I know he still puts on a great show, and if I went to see him in concert now I'd have a great night, I just really feel that if he's not careful he is going to really screw up his voice and have to live with the consequences for the rest of his life.