What does jetsetter Paul McCartney do on long plane rides?

With Paul McCartney getting set to hit the road next month, he was asked in the "You Gave Me the Answer" column on his website what he does on a plane to pass the time.

He says, "I don’t knit, [although] I imagine that would be quite cool, actually...a great release of tension. But I watch movies. So when I travel from London to New York, its normally a seven-hour journey so I end up watching about three movies, and in the middle of it all I try and have a meal."

Asked if he plans what movies he'll watch, he says, "No, I just go to ‘New Releases’ and unfortunately they’re not new – I’ve seen most of them! They don’t update them quick enough for me. I scan through and think ‘Ah, I’ve been meaning to see that’.

"On car journeys, I watch stuff on my iPad which can be films or series. I’m currently on Better Call Saul and it’s a good one. I don’t read on journeys so much, I read at home instead before going to bed. I get ready for bed and the last thing I do is read. [My wife] Nancy will often look at a series at that time, but I think it’s not conducive to sleep because some of the things she’ll watch are a little too exciting, and the plot will keep you up all night! So I try to read biographies, which can be a little bit dry. After a few pages you start to yawn, the page goes fuzzy, so it’s light off and straight to sleep. I like that!"

Asked if he reads music biographies he says, "Yeah, and I sometimes will make a note if they’re talking about something I don’t know about. I read a [composer] Phillip Glass book and some of his pieces I didn’t know about, so looked them up on Spotify. Some others I’ve recently read are about [conductor LeonardBernstein and Mozart. One of the things I find interesting is relating to them as musicians, because without meaning to, I’ve ended up as one of them! So if the biography is talking about Mozart struggling to write a piece, I can relate to that."

McCartney starts his Got Back tour on October 18th in Adelaide, Australia.

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