Paul McCartney’s childhood home in Liverpool is set to be opened for unsigned artists to write music and gain inspiration in.
The Beatles legend grew up at 20 Forthlin Road and was the site on which he and John Lennon wrote early hits such as ‘I Saw Her Standing There’.
The property is now owned by the National Trust, and McCartney and his brother Mike are launching The Forthlin Sessions, a scheme which will give young musicians the opportunity to write music in the same spot as the Fab Four.
Speaking to Sky News, Mike said: “This house to me, is a house of hope. And I hope it will be for the young people that come through the doors.”
Of his memories of the house and Paul writing there, he added: “I would be in the other room learning photography, but whilst I’m doing all that I could hear guitar noises coming from this room.
“In there were what turned out to be two of the world’s greatest songwriters, McCartney and Lennon. They were rehearsing from a school book on the floor, that’s why this house is so unique.”
Paul McCartney is set to headline Glastonbury 2022 this summer, after his scheduled performance at Worthy Farm in 2020 was cancelled due to COVID. He announced the set with a cryptic, Wordle-style teaser last month, and will headline alongside Billie Eilish and Kendrick Lamar.
Elsewhere, McCartney has paid tribute to late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, hailing him as “a true Rock & Roll hero”.
“Taylor’s sudden death came as a shock to me and the people who knew and loved him,” McCartney wrote on Instagram. “Not only was he a GREAT drummer but his personality was big and shiny and will be sorely missed by all who were lucky to live and work alongside him.”