John Lennon Said Two Beatles Albums Proved They Should Never Get Together
Fans were devastated in April 1970 when the Beatles announced they were breaking up. In fact, the band had been falling apart behind the scenes for the last few years, amid fights, rivalries and resentments. In an extraordinarily frank and unvarnished 1971 interview with The Daily Express, Lennon discussed why for the rest of his life the musician would never waver from his conviction that he could see “no reason” why. they should get together.
The interview was given to Daily Express entertainment journalist David Wigg in October 1971.
Lennon had been increasingly dismissive of some of the Beatles’ material. Towards the end of the group, he also hinted that McCartney’s compositions were rather light.
He said; “I told everyone years ago ‘I’m not going to sing ‘She Loves You’ when she’s thirty. She was thirty last year and that’s when I broke up the band, or decided to leave.”
When asked about hopes for a reunion, Lennon said, “I can’t see… There’s no reason why we should play together” and bluntly explained why.
Lennon blamed the restrictive structure of being in the band and the pressure to conform to what the record label and fans wanted.
He said, “Listen to the music. Would George have blossomed like this if we had continued with the group? There’s no chance. There was no room.”
“It’s much better music (which we’re all making now) because we’re not repressed.
“On The Beatles, at the time the Beatles were at their peak, we were cutting each other down. We were limiting our ability to write and perform by fitting it into some kind of format and that’s why it caused problems…”
The White Album was released as The Beatles and widely recognized as “four solo albums” with little overlap between the band members’ work. Starr also briefly left the band during recording.
Lennon added: “I couldn’t say ‘no’ categorically about the Bible or a grapefruit, ‘I swear we would never play together under any circumstances’.
“I have no idea. But personally I don’t see any reason to form that group again. Paul has his new band, I have a new band, George will certainly have a band and Ringo will have a band.”
Lennon had formed the Plastic Ono Band with Yoko Ono and McCartney released a successful solo album in 1970 before forming the band Wings in 1971.
The other three reunited after his death, but Lennon never again shared a stage or studio with all of his former bandmates.
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