Paul McCartney reflected on the death of his Beatles bandmates John Lennon and George Harrison in a new interview.
“It’s difficult for me to think about. I rerun the scenario in my head. Very emotional. So much so that I can’t really think about it. It kind of implodes,” McCartney said about the killing of Lennon. “What can you think about that besides anger, sorrow? Like any bereavement, the only way out is to remember how good it was with John. Because I can’t get over the senseless act. I can’t think about it. I’m sure it’s some form of denial. But denial is the only way that I can deal with it.”
“But you know, after he was killed, he was taken to Frank Campbell’s funeral parlor in New York. I’m often passing that. I never pass it without saying: ‘All right, John. Hi, John,'” he told The New York Times Magazine.
Asked if he has any good Beatles stories left untold, McCartney recalled urging Lennon to file his tax return during a break from the photo shoot for the album Abbey Road, sitting on the steps of Abbey Road studios.
Sharing his experiences with Harrison, McCartney recalled him hitchhiking with the Beatles lead guitarist to Exeter and Paignton and both of them sleeping on the beach.
“I often think of George because he was my little buddy,” McCartney said, acknowledging that he is asked about Lennon more often.
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