‘Why don’t you just play one of your albums right through?’: Paul McCartney mulls over revamped set list

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Paul McCartney has considered following the recent trend of performing an entire album in concert, but says he can’t commit to it — because there “too much other stuff” he loves to perform.

McCartney has just released the title track from his forthcoming new studio project New, which is due on October 2013. It’s his first solo pop album since 2007’s Memory Almost Full. McCartney has since worked with producer Youth on the Fireman project, and the surviving members of Nirvana, while releasing a set of mid-century standards called Kisses on the Bottom.

In between, there have been a number of sweeping reissue projects — principally focused on his 1970s-era recordings. So far, the Paul McCartney Archive Collection has included 1970’s McCartney, 1971’s Ram, 1973’s Band on the Run, and 1976’s Wings Over America — along with 1980’s McCartney II.

McCartney has already announced that a pair of other ’70s-period efforts, Venus and Mars and Wings at the Speed of Sound will follow.

Fans would likely clamor for concerts focusing on Band on the Run, which is by far his most popular post-Beatles project with triple-platinum sales. Other bands of the era, including Styx and Yes, have had success with similar one-album concerts recently.

“I’ve never done that — played a whole album,” McCartney tells WXRT. “I know a lot of bands do that, and people have said that to me: ‘Why don’t you just play one of your albums right through?’ I say: ‘I don’t know; I’ve got too much other stuff that I like to play.'”

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