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Sir Paul McCartney on why he always loves playing in Liverpool

PAUL McCartney reckons if he was cut out for any other job it would be as a Liverpool tour guide – and admits than on derby match days he’s an Evertonian through and through.

The former Beatle’s musings came as he looked forward to returning home for his sell out show at the Echo arena.

Sir Paul, 69, said: “My dad was born in Everton, so I’m an Evertonian.

“But I’ll cheer Liverpool on too. People say you can’t support them both, but I got a special dispensation from the Pope.

“If it comes down to a derby match, I would have to support Everton, although I don’t class myself as a proper football fan. At the age where most lads are going to the match and the pub, that was when we were in The Beatles so we were off all over the place. We missed out on all of that.”

Over the years Sir Paul has become friends with Kenny Dalglish.

He revealed: “He came to one of the first Wings gigs and really supported us. One time he brought the whole Liverpool team with him to a gig. He’s always given us a lot of support. I hope he comes to the Echo Arena. I’ve got a ticket for him if he wants it. In fact, the whole Liverpool team can come if they want to – and the Everton team too. We’ll get them all in if they want to come.”

Wherever he plays around the world, Sir Paul says there’s always someone in the crowd wearing a Liverpool shirt or scarf.

He laughed: “At first I thought they were Scousers who’d travelled to see the gig. I’d say ‘hey, where are you from?’ and they’d be from whatever country we were playing in.

“The other night we played Moscow and we had it there. It gets me every time.”

Tomorrow will be the first time he has played the Echo Arena. He said: “I look forward to playing Liverpool more than anywhere else. We had a great time at the 02 Academy last year. It was good to play in a little club. It felt almost like when we used to play the Cavern and other small venues around Liverpool.”

That night, Paul expressed regret that the original Cavern has never been excavated.

He added: “It seems a shame. Like I said on the night, if they can excavate the pyramids, why not the Cavern? It can’t be that difficult. Maybe there are too many big buildings on top of it, I don’t know. They built the replica to one side, but it seems daft that no-one will dig out the old one and at least see what state it’s in.

“It’s like if you had a replica of the Houses of Parliament, people would still want the real thing. Saying that, it wouldn’t be the same without Paddy, the old doorman.”

And if Paul ever considers another career, it’ll be as a Liverpool tour guide:

“Oh yes. I love showing new people around the city. Each time I come, I point everything out. Normally it starts at the airport. I point out Ardwick Road in Speke, where I used to live. One time I knocked on the door of our old house there. I said to the fella who answered ‘this used to be my house’. He was great and invited us in.

“It’s wonderful for me seeing our old haunts. From Speke we go through Garston, past the gas works. I point out the place in Woolton where we played our first gig. I like to go through Allerton from there, and take a look at Forthlin Road. I’m kind of busy at the moment, but if the work ever dries up I’ll set up as a tour guide.”

It has been a busy year – in October he married New Yorker Nancy Shevell.

He said: “She’s a lovely girl. We’re very happy. I’m very lucky – she understands my sense of humour. A lot of people don’t. I can be in America and I’ll say something as a joke, but they’ll take it dead seriously. I think there’s a particular Scouse sense of humour. Maybe it’s something to do with the Irish connection and all the immigration. You see it in the comedians. Actually I’m related to half the comedians in Liverpool.”

After the last night of the tour in Liverpool, Paul is looking forward to a break for Christmas.

“It’s a real family time for us. We all get together. I’ve got eight grandchildren now and I love seeing them. Mary and Stella are very good cooks – they learnt it off their mum. They tend to do most of the cooking. I get to slice the vegetarian turkey. I’m pretty good I make sure it’s perfect before I serve.”

 

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PAUL McCartney reckons if he was cut out for any other job it would be as a Liverpool tour guide – and admits than on derby match days he’s an Evertonian through and through. The former Beatle’s musings came as he looked forward to returning home for his sell out show at the Echo arena.