Paul McCartney admits: ‘Wings were terrible’

Paul McCartney admits that Wings was not “a good group”.

The band, which the former Beatle set up with his late wife Linda, had a string of hits including Mull of Kintyre and Live and Let Die and won six Grammy awards. (article appear first on Telegraph) by


But despite this success, Wings have always been widely ridiculed.   And now it appears that Sir Paul agrees with his critics. 

Speaking to broadcaster John Wilson in front of an audience that included Brad Pitt, James Bay and Paul Weller at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios, McCartney said:

“We were terrible.  We weren’t a good group. People said, ‘Well, Linda can’t play keyboards’, and it was true. But you know, Lennon couldn’t play guitar when we started. We knew Linda couldn’t play, we didn’t know each other, but we learned. We had some funny experiences. Looking back on it, I’m really glad we did it.”

“People said to me, ‘Get a big supergroup with loads of stars,’ but for some mad reason I wanted to go back to square one and do it as we did in The Beatles,”  

McCartney explained that the band helped him out of feeling “depressed” after the break-up of The Beatles in 1970. “I was depressed,” he said. “It was very depressing. You were breaking from your lifelong friends, we used to liken it to the army – we had been army buddies for a few years, and now you weren’t going to see them again.””Not knowing if I was going to continue with music, that was depressing.” “So I took to the bevvies. I took to a wee dram. It was great at first, then I was a bit far gone. Suddenly I wasn’t having a good time, it wasn’t working.

Recently A pre-production copy of the Beatles’ 1966 album Yesterday … And Today, complete with hand-drawn artwork by John Lennon, has been ranked as the “rarest Beatles record in the world” by the auction site Heritage.

A short-sleeve knit sweater worn by Paul McCartney, a suit jacket worn by George Harrison and a pair of suit pants worn by Ringo Starr are up for sale through Heritage Auctions.





  1. Mark S. Belnap on

    Paul, Wings were amazingly good, critics get paid to be controversial… It would be like saying you weren’t good enough because you weren’t classically trained… Thank God you have always thought an acted outside of your box and everyone else’s…. Paul Wings was en genius! Bravo Mate!

    • abou el makartany on

      beatles and wings,the big sun, are my musical background,all the other groups and singers were (still are ?)just planets turning round and suffering the influence of this big sun.

  2. Stuart Marz on

    I loved Wings, especially during the “glory years”, 75-76. A lot of great albums made, a a world tour, and great memories! Thanks Paul!!

  3. Joyce Price on

    Ah, Macca Believe Me When I Say: I LOVED
    WINGS..!!..Still Do..The Whole WINGS Era Was So Exciting..Linda Was A Real Trooper
    Whatever Made you Happy: She Really
    Improved In Time..A Regular- Bonafide True
    WINGS- MEMBER .Forget The Critics:!!
    Thought You Were Equal As WINGS As A BEATLE:!! Don’t Sell Yourself Short..Best
    Years With WINGS..Will Never Forget Those
    Happy Memories & Songs..LOVE YOU PAUL
    & PS..MISS OUR SWEET LOVELY LINDA❤?❤..Thanks 4 It All..Sincerely Your Loving
    Fan Always….?‍♀️❤❤❤❤

  4. Phil cooke on

    I disagree with the critics , ok the 1st album and wings wild life were a bit cranky but Ram up to back to the egg were superb and let’s not forget singles like juniors farm and Helen wheels with the live and let die classic,
    Wings were my childhood

  5. Pam Lombardo on

    One word: Soily!!! They might have been terrible when they first started, but 1976 Live was fab. Loved Wings……..Sir Paul still performs several Wings songs on his live tour. If he thought those songs were that bad, he would not include them. To me, kind of click bait, but I may be a bit biased.

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