Paul McCartney is “so proud” of the international reach of the Beatles’ music, he told Colombian media ahead of his Bogota concert.
Playing a show in Bogota would have been unthinkable when the Beatles formed, he told La W and Radio Caracol.
“If 50 years ago they had said we would succeed, we would not have believed it,” he told the broadcasters.
He said he misses the younger days of the Beatles the same way that most people miss their youth. “I keep the spirit of the Beatles alive in my concerts,” he said.
McCartney told the story of his last meeting with John Lennon, and how Lennon was baking bread while they chatted.
“I do not remember exactly the last conversation I had with him, because you never think it will be the last.”
Yoko Ono should not be blamed for the break-up of the band, he added. “She is someone with whom John fell in love, and you cannot blame someone for that.”
He called the effect his music has had on the lives of people around the world “fantastic.”
“It’s a wonderful thing,” said McCartney, named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “most successful musician and composer in popular music history.”
Ticket sales for the April 19 concert broke all Colombian records when they opened March 27.