Paul McCartney visited The Daily Show on Tuesday to promote “Hope for the Future,” his original song written for video game Destiny. But instead of discussing the track in detail, he and host Jon Stewart mostly goof around about random topics – including McCartney’s subpar gaming skills and Stewart’s son’s preference for Ellen over The Daily Show.
In the above clip, the former Beatle strides onstage to a “thunderous” audience ovation, leading Stewart to make a self-deprecating jab. “I’ve had a lot of jobs where I showed up, no applause,” the host says, to which McCartney responds, “That’s why I went into music.”
Stewart says he’s shocked the Destiny crew were able to rope in a rock legend for their game. “There are a lot of things where I think to myself, ‘I’d love to have Paul McCartney do a song for this,'” he says. “But you wouldn’t.” McCartney says he was partially interested in the venture because of his grandchildren’s interest in video games – even though he’s personally an awful gamer. “I would get killed within the first couple seconds,” he says, though he admits he’s now become “Mr. Cool” to the grandkids after working on Destiny. (Stewart confesses that he’s far from cool around his household. “You know what my son said to me the other night? ‘Why can’t you do a show like Ellen‘?”)
Before leaving the stage, McCartney also confirmed plans to attend the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, where former bandmate Ringo Starr will receive the Award for Musical Excellence.
McCartney first announced his Destiny collaboration via Twitter in 2012. He recorded the grandiose “Hope for the Future” at Abbey Road Studios alongside a 120-piece orchestra (conducted by Giles Martin) and producer Mark “Spike” Stent. McCartney, working with composers Marty O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori, also composed an additional 50 minutes of soundtrack music for the Activision title. The former Beatle didn’t accept any payment for his work; as Destiny developer Eric Osbourne told Vulture, McCartney participated solely for “the creativity.”
In early December, the musician appeared – in hologram form – in the eye-popping music video for “Future,” crooning against vivid backdrops from the game.