Goat Boy wrote:How do we know he's a prick? Because somebody claims he was when he visited some TV studio 20 years ago?
I'm sure ALL these guys have their dick moments. How could you not, you know? Christ, I can be rude to innocuous bus drivers. We all have our moments. But these guys have had to deal with a lifetime of crap. Stupid interviews, fans, other musicians. It must do something to a person. I'm surprised they aren't more dickish some of them. I think if I was Macca I'd be hard pressed not to tell everybody to fuck off!
He certainly isn't half as arseholish as Lennon by all accounts. He's not Mark E Smith or, I dunno, Chevy Chase.
Well, the anecdote I shared was just that - an anecdote, given by someone with 40 years' worth of other worthy candidates. (And i believe Chevy Chase was among them!) It sure does fall in line with what has been said by those who knew him better. And at this point, McCartney doesn't "have to deal" with anyone he doesn't want to. Given the choice of being left alone or sticking his mug back into the media, he always makes that same choice to go out there one more time. Like any of us, he weighs the good and the bad, and he makes his choice. He's in no position to complain. But as bhoy points out, he's only doing what he's done since he was 15. He literally can't envision a life of just sitting around the house. He could
try to keep busy with activities that don't require being in the spotlight, but that's not him either.
I know that none of us would have dealt with it any better. But that's no reason we can't bag at the guy for fun. He still gets the last laugh. Just look at how those of us who are/were CSNY fans talk about them here, especially Crosby. (And yeah, I've heard firsthand stories about him too. Nothing extraordinary, just the same outcome you'd expect.) The difference is that the media doesn't stick cameras in his face all day long anymore, as much as he wishes they would. He lives for the spotlight too, but he's not exactly telegenic in an old-guy way, like McCartney is. It must drive him crazy to be ignored like that and know that the parade has passed him by. And the irony there is, HE is the walrus!
You're right, though, everyone has their bad moments. I certainly do. This chronic nerve pain in my hand has done a real number on my tolerance level for what used to be no big deal. That's the main reason I avoid leaving the house as much as possible. And going by the two times I met and spoke with Arthur Lee, he was a pretty cool guy, real charming and funny dude. So let's make of that what we will.
And I'll say this in his defense: a friend of mine shared an apartment in New York with Linda Eastman (platonically), just before she met Paul. They stayed in touch over the years, and he has nothing but good things to say about her. I don't think I've ever heard anyone speak negatively of her (apart from her singing). If she thought Paul was worth spending every day around, that's all that really matters. You don't want public scrutiny? Go home and count your money. Roger Daltrey manages to maintain a low profile somehow, what's his
secret? Of course, these people don't deserve to be stalked or harassed, but we're not even coming close to that here. If we didn't have some appreciation for him on some level, we wouldn't talk about him in the first place. That's show biz!