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Sir Paul McCartney reveals he uses teleprompter when performing as he forgets lyrics


SIR Paul McCartney has revealed he needs a teleprompter when performing to ensure he does not forget his famous lyrics.

The 78-year-old Beatle admits to thinking about what he is going to have for dinner instead of what he is singing.

He said: “Sometimes I’ll be doing a song, like Eleanor Rigby or something, and I’m on autopilot.

“And I’m starting to think, ‘Oh, what am I gonna have for dinner? Maybe you won’t have the soup but maybe you’ll just go for the main course’.

“Then I go ‘Stop!’, because I’m singing Eleanor Rigby! I’ve separated myself not only from Paul and fame, but a couple of bits in my head are going in different places.

“Sometimes that breaks down and I forget the song. I have a teleprompter.”

He said: “I know I’m very famous but I don’t want to walk around like I’m very famous.

“I don’t like to take pictures when people say, ‘Can I have a picture?’

"So I say, ‘I’m sorry, I don’t do pictures.’

“I sometimes feel like saying, ‘Look, I’m happy to talk to you’.

“But the minute you put your arm around me, I feel like the monkey in Saint-Tropez.

“ ‘Come and have a picture taken with the monkey’. And I don’t like that. It puts me off.”

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