“Yeah, I think all things are possible. Anything could’ve happened," he told ShortList magazine. We could’ve decided we’d reform by now or we could’ve got together for big anniversaries or a big charity gig or something. It would’ve been a great thing to do. But obviously we can’t do that, so that’s that.”
But he said he was glad the group didn't and mar its great history.
“But the thing with The Beatles was that we realized that we’d come full circle. We had offers to reform and we said, 'You know what? It won’t be as good.' Because that period when we were The Beatles, it was damn good and we never really ruined it. So, actually, to do it as older guys, being a bit rusty, in a way I’m glad we didn’t.”
McCartney says playing the opening of the London Olympics (“closing the opening…” as he calls it) ranks near the top on his list of shows.
“Oh, extremely high. When you do these things, like a command performance or Jubilee or Olympics, it’s a completely different beast. It’s not your crowd and, normally, by the time I do the big crowd numbers, it’s at the end of my set.
"With something like the Olympics, there’s no warm-up, you just come in cold and you’ve got to get up to speed. It’s like asking an athlete to do his thing without a warm-up: run in, do 100m and you’re off.”