U2 Producer Says Paul McCartney & Elton John Have Made Too Many Albums

Legendary U2 producer Steve Lillywhite maintains that Paul McCartney and Elton John have made far too many albums. Lillywhite is best known for his production work on such U2 albums as Boy, October, War, The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, No Line On The Horizon, and Songs Of Experience. During his appearance on Australia’s The Music podcast, he talked frankly about the output from veteran artists, explaining, “I’m a big believer in artists who don’t clog up the airwaves with new music just because they think they must release a new album. I love Paul McCartney, I love Elton John. . . I think they’ve made too many albums.”

He went on to say: “Someone like Billy Joel, who I’m not a big fan of, but he’s a good songwriter; he has not made an (original rock) album for 20 years because he hasn’t really thought of what he wants to say. If Billy Joel made a new album, I’d go, ‘That’s going to be interesting’ because he feels like he has something to say now.”

  • During a recent chat with News Corp, Lillywhite — who’s also worked behind the boards for Peter Gabriel, the Rolling Stones, XTC, Matchbox Twenty, Talking Heads, and many more — again touched on McCartney and Elton when pressed as to whether he would take on production duties for a studio album with Queen & Adam Lambert.
  • Lillywhite said: “I wouldn’t ever say never. With Queen, if they decided they wanted to make a new album, I would trust them in the fact that they believed they could make a good album. Paul McCartney, I don’t trust him. Elton John, I don’t trust him. They feel like they want to make a new album because they have to make a new album.”
  • Paul McCartney admitted that once a new album hits the streets, a bit of panic always seems to creep up on him: [“You write the stuff and then you have a lot of fun recording it, and then you get ready to release it and I always forget, it’s like sitting an exam — and this is the oral. I always thing, ‘I’m just doing this for me, for a bit of fun, I’m doing it for my family and stuff.’ Then when you put it out, you realize, you’re putting it out. So it’s kind of, it’s a little bit mixed feelings releasing something. But I say, it’s like, you suddenly realize you’ve entered yourself for an exam, that you didn’t mean to enter yourself for.”] SOUNDCUE (:30 OC: . . . enter yourself for)