Ringo Starr Says a Beatles Reunion Could Have Happened
The deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison quashed the notion of a true Beatles reunion, but Ringo Starr believes that, had they lived, they could have pulled it off. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Starr talks hypothetically about a reunion.
"With the [technology] you have now, I think we could have got it together," he said. "I think the stumbling block was just sitting around and saying, 'Okay, let's do it.' And we never got to that. You know, we did in twos, we talked about it.”
At several times during the ‘70s, people tried to reunite the Beatles for another tour. They ranged from promoter Sid Bernstein offering them $230 million in 1976 to a 1979 concert proposed by the United Nations to raise money for homeless Vietnamese refugees. Starr feels that the pressure of living up to the expectations is one of the reasons why the reunions never happened.
“But I think if we had just relaxed behind it long enough, we still had the songs, and we still could play," he said. "We could have put it together. And we could have done 'A Day in the Life.' Of course, it's ended now. John and George are gone."
The two surviving Beatles will be onstage together soon. Paul McCarney will induct Starr into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on April 18. In honor of Starr's induction, he's on the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone -- his first time since 1981.
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