George Harrison’s Wish About The Beatles
It is very rare to see a band radically change the music industry in less than a decade and leave a lasting impact. However, there is a band that managed to do this. Their eight years together brought them incredible fame at a young age, and they lived their wildest experiences as world-renowned rock icons in their 20s. However, their rivalry rose as quickly as their rise to fame. You guessed it; we are talking about the Beatles.
The creative conflicts responsible for many acts’ disbandments began to haunt the four Beatles in the mid-’60s. On top of that, their egos, an inevitable consequence of the combination of such rapidly increasing fame and immaturity due to their young age, became unbearable at times, especially when their manager, who was kind of an expert at keeping their egos balanced, died in 1966. When Yoko Ono entered the picture, it became even more difficult to understand the real reason behind the breakup.
Whatever the reason, the Beatles stepped off the stage in 1970, and even though it shocked millions worldwide, some band members already knew that this breakup was inevitable. However, George Harrison thought it was incredibly selfish for the Beatles to shun their music from the world. His expectations for the rock and roll giant were not met, as he revealed shortly after the news broke during his brief visit to America in 1970.
Back in 1965, the band had a hectic touring schedule. All the band members were tired of constantly hitting the road, performing live, and getting back on the road with no time to rest. In addition, this busy schedule prevented them from focusing on the quality of their work. At that time, George Harrison’s muses were with him, and he wanted to produce new material and write songs instead of running from tour to tour. Well, that would lead to disagreements, given that there were two other songwriters in the band, and both were bad at suppressing their egos.
Lennon and McCartney’s domineering attitudes, particularly in the band’s creative processes, prevented Harrison from freely putting his muses to work, which resulted in him being thoroughly alienated from the Beatles, and he was exhausted from touring. Although everyone was tired of this busy schedule, Harrison was the first to voice it, even saying that he was leaving the band, although he was later persuaded not to do so. Dissolutions started when the egos of all the members became more and more visible in each dispute. Different triggers that sprang from those times brought the inevitable end.
Judging by his words during an interview he attended in 1970, shortly after their disbandment, George’s announcement that he was leaving the band a few years ago was just one of those ego impulses. The guitarist seemed remorseful and now considered the disbandment of the Beatles to be selfish. He had one more wish from the Beatles: To compromise and to make at least 1-2 more albums. According to him, they had no right to withhold this from the world.
“Well, I don’t… I couldn’t tell, you know, if they do or not,” said the guitarist when he was asked about the possibility of four Beatles coming back together. “I’ll certainly try my best to do something with them again, you know. I mean, it’s only a matter of accepting that the situation is a compromise. In a way, it’s a compromise, and it’s a sacrifice, you know, because we all have to sacrifice a little in order to gain something really big.”
He continued, “And there is a big gain by recording together – I think musically, and financially, and also spiritually. And for the rest of the world, you know, I think that Beatle music is such a big sort of scene — that I think it’s the least we could do is to sacrifice three months of the year at least, you know, just to do an album or two. I think it’s very selfish if the Beatles don’t record together.”
Well, we all know the story; the Beatles never fulfilled Harrison’s wish. George, on the other hand, was at the peak of his creativity and could not suppress the inspiration that filled him anymore. Thus he became the first Beatle to release a solo album. Judging by his words in 1970, he would have preferred to serve his muses on behalf of the Beatles, but the band was irrevocably split, and this would never be possible again.