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John and George Relationship Post-Beatles
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It's interesting and very pleasing to hear George fervently defending his relationship with Paul on 'Aspel & Co' on the 5th March 1988 a few days after the News of the World had published an article reporting a supposed blazing argument (falsely it should be added as George had already left when Paul arrived and neither knew the other was going) between the two at the San Remo Music Festival.

Keith Badman's book 'The Beatles Diary Volume 2: After The Break-Up 1970-2001' details the events

Friday February 26

George attends the San Remo Music Festival, where he receives the award of Video Of The Year for 'When We Was Fab', which is naturally screened during the transmission on the Italian TV station RAI UNO. (At the show, George also gives a five-minute interview for the programme Il Caso Rai, which is aired on RAI UNO on March 8.) Following his 11-minute appearance at the festival, George returns to England later this evening.

Saturday February 27

With George returning home, Paul arrives in Italy with his new band, who are unveiled when they headline the San Remo Music Festival. The group of musicians now features Hamish Stuart on guitar and bass, Chris Whitten on drums, Gary Barnacle on saxophone, Andrew Chater on violin and Linda McCartney on keyboards. In front of a large All The Best album banner, the group performs lip-synched versions of 'Once Upon A Long Ago' and 'Listen To What The Man Said' for the RAI UNO show. In between the two songs, Paul is interviewed by the host and announces that he has been making some new records with Elvis Costello. Reports on the San Remo Festival, and naturally the appearance of Paul and George, are featured on the news programmes TG1, TG2 and ORE 20:00, this evening. (During Paul's 14-minute appearance, the first track mimed to is the standard single release, while the latter is the version specially recorded for Paul's appearance onWogan, transmitted on BBC1 on November 20, 1987.) Aside from the festival, Paul gives a three-minute interview for the programme Italia 1, which is transmitted on Monday February 29. Interestingly enough, neither Paul nor George knew of each other's appearance at the festival. Even so, the UK tabloid newspaper the News Of The World still runs a story which claims that they had a blazing row at the festival, an event George dismisses during his Aspel And Company appearance with Ringo on March 3 (see entry).

Tuesday March 1

Now back in England, George and Olivia are among the guests present at the birthday party of Renata John at Brown's in Covent Garden, London.

Thursday March 3

With both George and Ringo appearing together on a television chat show, this is a historic day in the history of The Beatles. Their appearance on Aspel & Company, recorded at the London Television Studios on the South Bank, is the first major television interview ever given by any two former Beatles since the group disbanded. It is a wonderfully funny show, programme eight of series five, transmitted for the first, and only, time on Saturday March 5 across the ITV Network. George appears first to promote his latest release 'When We Was Fab', with Ringo joining him later to talk about subjects both amusing and Beatles related. Their appearances total a lengthy 35-minutes. Joining the two former Beatles on the show is the Coronation Street actress Thelma Barlow.

This unique appearance by George and Ringo leads to scores of Beatles' fans rummaging through old Beatles' encyclopaedias and reference books trying to find out the last time that any two of the ex-Beatles appeared together on a major programme since the split. The answer was December 20, 1974, when John joined George in his hotel room during a radio interview following George's final concert on his American 1974 tour, although the two are not actually interviewed at the same time.

And the interview with George and Ringo on 'Aspel & Co' - well worth watching.

Don’t make your love suffer insecurities, trade the baggage of self to set another one free. ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)
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