Sir Paul McCartney was feared dead after collapsing in studio
Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney was feared dead after he collapsed during a recording session in Nigeria but the musician made a recovery and put the health scare down to 'smoking too much'
Sir Paul McCartney was feared dead after he collapsed during a recording session in Nigeria.
The Beatles legend has revealed he was laying down tracks at Ginger Baker's studio in Lagos with his band Wings when he suddenly started struggling to breathe and collapsed onto the floor - with his wife Linda fearing the worst.
He told MOJO magazine: "I collapsed from too much smoking, but it could have been stress. Who knows? Linda thought I had died. They rushed me to a doctor and I remember this nightmare of going through a Lagos market, noise everywhere, thinking: 'Bloody hell, what is going on?'
"The heat, the smoking, the stress ... it compounded."
However, McCartney was adamant he didn't want to fly back to the UK so he pushed on with recording his new music.
He added: "What could we do? Probably anyone sensible would say we should go home, but then a sensible producer would have told us to play the tape forwards, so we went back into the studio the next day. Smoked a bit less, probably."
McCartney's revelation about his brush with death comes after the veteran musician announced plans for a huge North American tour this year.
The 13-date 'Got Back' arena run marks his first tour since his 2019 ‘FRESHEN UP’ jaunt.
McCartney will play Washington's Spokane Arena on April 28, with his final stop scheduled for June 16 at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.
In a statement, the 'Let it Be' hitmaker said: “I said at the end of the last tour that I’d see you next time. I said I was going to get back to you. Well, I got back." Meanwhile, there's no chance of the 79-year-old music legend getting lonely on the road - as he talks to his guitars.
Macca loves to spend time with his instruments and he even worries that some of them might feel "lonely".
Talking about one of his guitars, he shared: "I felt quite guilty in a minor way, so I went over and started playing - and then the song that came out was me talking directly to the guitar and talking about all the times it had helped me."