(Australian Associated Press)
Paul McCartney might be a music icon who has written some of pop’s biggest hits but even he makes mistakes when it comes to remembering the words.
The Beatles frontman proved even he’s not infallible when he mixed up the lyrics to one of his songs in front of a sell-out concert in Sydney on Monday.
A few lines into Maybe I’m Amazed, originally penned for his beloved first wife Linda, Sir Paul had to stop and start again.
After a reprise, he confessed to the 21,000-strong crowd it wasn’t the first time he’d messed up.
“It’s a hard decision that you know if you should stop,” he said to chuckles from the audience.
“We were with a friend of ours, Cilla Black, once when we did a similar thing and we made a mistake like that and we started it again and she said, ‘Oh, I love that. Do you do that every night?’”
The audience were so happy to have Sir Paul back in Sydney after 24 years he could have messed up all his lyrics and all would be forgiven, such was the love in the room for what was one of the final shows in his One On One world tour.
McCartney took them back down memory lane, mixing up the first part of his three-hour set with Beatles and Wings songs.
There were plenty of singalongs accompanying A Hard Day’s Night, All My Loving, and Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da while Can’t Buy Me Love was set to images of the Beatles in their heyday on the big screens.
Mixed in among the hits were anecdotes from the swinging 60s about guitar legend Jimi Hendrix after the Wings track Let Me Roll It, and how Macca was surprised when a former Russia defence minister confided at a Beatles concert in Red Square that the first record he ever bought was Love Me Do.
Sir Paul dedicated Monday night’s performance of Love Me Do to famed Beatles producer Sir George Martin.
While recording Love Me Do, Martin asked McCartney to sing the title lyric instead of John Lennon.
“I was terrified,” Sir Paul told the Sydney crowd.
“And so if I hear the record to this day I can still hear the nerves in my voice singing Love Me Do.”
But there were no signs of nerves as Sir Paul effortlessly entertained his fans with Live and Let Die in James Bond-style, complete with fireworks and flames bursting from the stage against a backdrop of Westminster.
Hey Jude with its anthem of “la, la, las” finished the two-and-a-half-hour set before Sir Paul launched into half an hour of encores led by Yesterday before the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band joined him for a soaring rendition of Mull of Kintyre.
Finally Sir Paul reminded the audience that “there comes a time when we got to go home” before launching into Carry That Weight and promising “we’ll see you next time”.
The 75-year-old singer’s fans will be hoping that happens sooner rather than later.