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Paul McCartney doesn’t think the Beatles would have reunited

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Ever since the Beatles broke up in 1970, rumors started flooding in about their reunion. For four young boys from Liverpool who spent their formative years together, it was difficult to imagine them parting ways indefinitely. However, they never did reunite. And Paul McCartney believes that they would never have reunited regardless of the circumstances.

Paul McCartney knew the Beatles weren’t getting back together

In a recent interview with the Sunday Times, Paul McCartney revealed that the fab four made a “conscious decision” to move on from the days of the Beatles. That said, Paul himself wasn’t sure if he could keep his end. He said:

We made a decision when the Beatles folded that we weren’t going to pick it up again. So we switched off from the Beatles. You talk about something coming full circle that is very satisfying; let’s not spoil it by doing something that might not be as good. It was a conscious decision to leave well enough alone, so I don’t really think we would have. But who knows? We could have.

Lennon and Ringo said it could have happened

Other than Paul McCartney, John Lennon also had a “why not” attitude towards getting the Beatles back together. 5 years before his tragic death, he said:

It’s never got to a position where each one of us wanted to do it at the same time. … If we wanted to do it, then it would be worth it.

Furthermore, Ringo Starr also shared his beliefs on the matter in 2015, when he told the Rolling Stone Magazine:

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.

Paul McCartney is happy that the memories that lasted from the days of the Beatles were mostly joyous

Paul McCartney doesn't think the Beatles would have reunited
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Finally, Paul McCartney also talked about how he loved watching Peter Jackson’s upcoming documentary The Beatles: Get Back. It focuses on the final months of the fab four. And seeing that footage again reaffirmed to him that the majority of the memories they had from the Beatles were indeed positive. He said:

Because it proves that my main memory of the Beatles was the joy and the skill. The proof is the footage. I bought into the dark side of the Beatles breaking up and thought, ‘Oh God, I’m to blame.’ I knew I wasn’t, but it’s easy when the climate is that way to start thinking so. … But at the back of my mind there was always this idea that it wasn’t like that, but I needed to see proof.

It would have been nice to see the Beatles get back together just for old time’s sake. But, fate had something else planned. Moreover, there were several deep-rooted reasons why they broke up in the first place. And to sum it up, it was simply because they all grew as musicians as well as humans. And it was difficult for them to return to a similar model as before. But, had they all lived, a reunion for a single concert or tour would have been nice.

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