Paul McCartney praises Billie Eilish and talks about the quality of modern music

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Paul McCartney shared exciting revelations about his views on modern music and how he reacts to hearing the Beatles‘ songs on the radio all these years later. Music legend surprised ALT 98.7 hosts Reservation and stryker with a call as he traveled to play for the first time at the new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Friday May 13.

The hosts wasted no time talking with the 79-year-old rock star, asking McCartney if he’s listened to or watched any modern musicians who remind him of himself. “I guess the answer is no, but that’s a boring answer,” he said. The question led him to reveal that he is a huge fan of Billie Eilish. He went on to praise the 20-year-old star and her peers, “She’s good, you know? There’s just people who come in and they’re just good. There’s a lot of people who are really good… And you get people saying ‘oh, the music today isn’t as good as it used to be’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah it is!'”

He went on to express his respect for Jack White, Metallicand The killers. McCartney also talked about the song “Four Five Seconds”, his collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West. “I had to call them and say, ‘Am I on this record?'” he laughed. “I knew I was going to work with Kanye and we were just going to take a few days, see if anything came out of it. And I have to admit after a few days I didn’t think anything had happened. So I’m just kept cool…and it happened.”

Returning to the 1960s, McCartney recalled that the first venue the Beatles performed in Los Angeles was the iconic Hollywood Bowl. The concert took place on August 23, 1964 and sold out all 18,700 tickets in three hours. “There was like a little mini-lake in front of the stage and all these girls were jumping in and swimming towards us.” McCartney refers to a decorative reflecting pool the venue installed in 1953 and eventually removed in 1972. When asked if he changed stations when a Beatles song unexpectedly played on the radio, McCartney surprisingly shared: “You know what, I just listened to it. For me, those are great memories. When I hear it, I remember the session where we did it and who was singing. If it was John [Lennon] I can visualize it on the microphone… It’s a memory aid. It’s just really nice.”

Paul McCartney is in the middle of his North American Got Back Tour. The legendary musician has kicked off his West Coast tour and will conclude the 15-date tour in New Jersey. These are the first live shows McCartney has performed since 2019.

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