Paul McCartney: ‘David Bowie’s ‘The Next Day’ comeback is inspiring’

Paul McCartney has  revealed that he finds David  Bowie‘s musical comeback this year “inspiring”.
Bowie released ‘The  Next Day’, his first album in a decade, in March and saw it debut at Number One  on the UK’s Official Albums Chart. The album is now considered a leading  contender for this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the shortlist of which is  to be announced next  week.
“People are always wondering what he’s up to,” McCartney said  of Bowie, speaking in this week’s NMEavailable  digitally and on newsstands from today (September 4). “You hear David’s in  New York not doing much, then there are reports in the papers about health  scares and that he might not be doing anything again. And then he comes out with  that… and it really is a good album, with such freshness, and yes, it is  inspiring.”
However,  McCartney also explained that ‘The Next Day’ didn’t inspire him directly when he  was making his forthcoming album ‘New’, which is due out on October 14, because  he had begun working on the album some time earlier. “By the time he’d released  it I was a year into my album, so it wasn’t a factor. I’m just in a very  positive mood,” McCartney said.
McCartney’s ‘New’ album features  collaborations with four producers: Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence  and the Machine), Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon) and Giles Martin, son of The Beatles producer George Martin. Explaining  why he decided to make the album with a palette of different producers,  McCartney said: “There was a reason to work with each of these guys. Their age,  well, it’s good working with younger people, but really I don’t think about it.  Age goes away once you’re in the studio.”
He added: “I don’t think  people sit around with Leonard Cohen and behave differently with him because of  it,” McCartney continued, “and it’s the same with me. I’m more interested in  playing than thinking about it.” Read more at


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