(London) Paul McCartney encouraged Friday to get vaccinated against the new coronavirus, on the occasion of the release of his new solo album, McCartney III, composed of songs created or reworked by the ex-figure of the Beatles during the first confinement in spring.
“I will take it,” he told the BBC of the vaccine, “and I would like to encourage people to take it too”.
“Before, there were anti-vaccine people, it was OK, it was their choice. But now with the internet, these things are really taking hold and there are those people who won’t take it, ”lamented the rock legend.
The UK was the first Western country to roll out a mass vaccination campaign against the COVID-19 disease on December 8, prioritizing the elderly and caregivers. More than 137,000 people have already received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, according to the authorities.
Paul McCartney’s new album, released a week later than originally planned, is actually the third part of a triptych, including the first record – his very first solo album soberly titled McCartney – had seen the light of day fifty years ago. McCartney II had followed ten years later, in 1980.
The ex-Beatles bassist explained in a statement that he originally had no plans to release an album in 2020, but his spring lockdown, the first imposed in the UK, had given him the opportunity to rework old songs never released, then the desire to create new ones.
Registered in Sussex, McCartney III contains a set of unpublished songs, where the artist provides both piano, vocals, guitar, but also bass and drums.
This is his 18e solo album, after Egypt Station, who had projected him in 2018 to the top of the benchmark US album sales chart, the Billboard, for the first time in 36 years.