In exclusive interviews for the new issue of MOJO magazine – on sale in the UK from Tuesday, August 23 – the two surviving Beatles relive the madness of their ’60s tours, but insist that after their famous decision to quit the road after their San Francisco show at Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966, there were further discussions to take their late-’60s music to the stage.
“It wasn’t like we’d placed a wreath on the live Beatles,” Ringo Starr tells MOJO’s Andrew Male. “The rooftop gig [atop Apple headquarters at 3 Savile Row, London, on January 30, 1969] showed that we could still do that stuff. And we could maybe have gone out live again. It didn’t happen. But it was never like, Oh, that’s dead, the Beatles are dead. It was always a possibility that we would do it again. (to Paul) and you, in fact, tried one time to get us to go out again, didn’t you?”
“But you didn’t listen to me!” replies McCartney in mock outrage.
“I listened,” rejoinders Ringo. “It was the others!”
The pair, interviewed in anticipation of the release of Ron Howard’s Beatles tour doc Eight Days A Week, talk us through the highs and lows of the Beatles’ gigging career as part of a 20-page Beatles Live! Special.
The cover story is part of a deluxe MOJO package that includes a CD of songs the Beatles played in their formative shows and two art prints that reproduce classic Beatles gig posters, all housed in a card sleeve.
Other unmissable Beatle elements include: Mark Lewisohn and Klaus Voormann on the Beatles’ Hamburg live onslaught; Giles Martin on the restoration of The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl album; Larry Kane risking life and limb in the Fabs’ cavalcade of chaos in 1964 and 1965; Jon Savage revisits the band’s underexplored farewell to UK stages; plus insiders recall the strong weed and lethal stages of the Beatles’ US 1966 swansong.
Plus! Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison remember their first (and last) Beatles concerts. “There was a special roughness, a looseness on that day…” says Ono of the 1969 rooftop gig.
Also in the new issue of MOJO: Mark E Smith on The Fall, past and present; Altamont – how justice was denied; Jimmy Page unpacks Led Zeppelin’s Complete BBC Sessions; Johnny Depp and Ian Hunter hook up; Shaun Ryder unburdens in the MOJO Interview; De La Soul reclaim 3 Feet High And Rising. Plus! Pixies, Van Morrison, Wilco, King Creosote, The Verve, Jack White, Nina Simone, Aphex Twin and – shock, horror! – Petula Clark says “F*** ’em”!
Pop down the shops on Tuesday, or buy a copy online now – it’s a scream!