Sunday 19 November 2017

Billy Keane: Exposure diminishes the McCartney mystique

The Grammy Awards (RTE2) The Graham Norton Show (BBC1) Newsnight (BBC2)

Paul McCartney (L) and Ringo Starr perform onstage during
Paul McCartney (L) and Ringo Starr perform onstage during "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" at the Los Angeles Convention Center on January 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Getty Images.
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

What is it about Paul McCartney's continued insistence on having a career that is so wrong?

His appearance at the Grammy Awards wasn't bad, as such, and by certain standards it was enjoyable enough, if you were prepared to overlook the dreaded "new material".

Ringo was there too, pretending to play the drums. Which again was mildly diverting, as we looked from Ringo to Paul and back to Ringo again, trying to figure out how much "work" had been going on there, and whether any of that stuff is ever worth it. So what's wrong with that, on a quiet Monday evening?

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