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You know - 'I'm not half the man I used to be'...well I remember singing that on the Ed Sullivan Show when I was only 20....talk about half the man, you're barely a man, son, never mind half of one.
Now, there's a good few years gone by since those times and to sing those lines means something more.
Q; But don't you think that the success of the tour, the hugeness of this tour, your biggest ever, belies those lines?
A; That's a cool idea, 1 like that thought...'I'm not half the man I used to be' - what do you mean, you've just played to more people than you've ever done before? What do you mean, they LIKE you.
Q; In terms of numbers, it's the most successful tour....
A; ....That I have ever done. I know. It's wild isn't it? I must say that I never ever thought that I could out-sell The Beatles. But with Mull of Kintyre I did. And I never thought I could play any bigger venues than I did with The Beatles, but with the Rio thing we did.
And the great thing is, there's still more to come.
Q; And then there was Liverpool...
A; That was the greatest for me. The greatest thing about Liverpool for me has always been the people. I know people say that's a cliche but the great thing is is that why it's a cliche is because it's true. I know that I can go to Liverpool more than anywhere in the world and I just know I'm amongst me own.I'm amongst people and we share a secret. I don't know what the secret is even, but we share something, this humour and all that from where we were brought up. So the greatest moment for me was when we introduced the medley for John - Strawberry Fields/Help and Give Peace A Chance - which was great to do anyway, to introduce it at that gig, not just for me but for all of us on the tour - but when the crowd wouldn't stop singing at the end of Give Peace A Chance - we had the ending planned but they kept chanting 'all we are saying is give peace a chance' and we had to re-start the song when they wouldn't stop, that was one of the greatest moments of my career. It's moments like that that make you go 'God this is it, god this is live, god this is why I like it...' I talk about stimulation, THAT'S what it is. And the thrill of them, that crowd keeping on singing and us, the band, having to restart Give Peace A Chance , that thrill is what you do it all for.