It's shaping up to be a busy year for Paul McCartney. In addition to
assembling the recent "Wingspan" documentary and double album, the former
Beatle plans to tour after the release of his next album in September.
"He likes to get out on the road whenever he's got a new album," said
McCartney spokesperson Geoff Baker. "He might even follow in the footsteps of
Wings and do a series of unannounced, impromptu shows."
McCartney issued a statement on Wednesday saying that a Wings reunion is out of the question, since his wife and group member Linda McCartney died of breast cancer in 1998. He said he'll be touring with new musicians.
"You can't reform Wings for the same reason that you can't reform the
Beatles, because a very important member is missing," McCartney said. "With
the Beatles, it was John and with Wings it is Linda."
While his attention has been focused on Wings and his solo career of
late, it appears McCartney still has time to air old grievances with Yoko Ono.
When McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were putting together the
1995-96 Beatles Anthology collections, the singer told U.K. magazine Radio Times, Lennon's widow
refused to let him claim primary songwriting credit for "Yesterday," one of the biggest-selling songs of all time.
"'Yesterday' is the only song where none of the other Beatles were even on the
record, and none of the Beatles or anybody had anything to do with writing
it other than myself," McCartney said, according to Radio Times. "I asked as a favor if on Anthology it could be credited to Paul McCartney and John Lennon, and I was refused."
All Beatles songs by either writer were credited to "Lennon/McCartney" on
the original albums, regardless of which one played the greater role in the