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George replaced with Eric Clapton?
3 October 2021
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Well, Patti did it but I think this quote is way over-hyped. Apart from the nitpick that they couldn’t sack him if he’d quit, some off the cuff remark by John doesn’t amount to a serious plan in my book.

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3 October 2021
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This should be in either the thread for Peter Jackson’s Get Back (which it is promoting) or the Let It Be 50th Anniversary thread. Small things that are part of bigger things don’t always need their own thread that will quickly fade after a comment or two.

The audio isn’t, as the Daily Mail claim, newly unearthed. It has been circulating on bootleg for some decades.

George walks out on 10 January 1969 saying he’ll see them around the clubs, John sarcastically plays the “Soon be gone” part of The Who’s A Quick One While He’s Away, and John quips later in the day, as they discuss what to do, that they can always get Eric in as he’s less trouble.

An off-the-cuff jokey comment in the wake of George’s walk out, and that’s shown to be as that by the fact that they accommodated George by moving from Twickenham to Savile Row.

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Yeah. The headline is bullshit as George was never sacked, he walked out (quit) and the other three spent a few days semi-rehearsing, messing about and trying to find a way to discuss the issues between all four. Meetings were also held behind the scenes over about a week where it was worked out what they were doing as there was no real plan in place. I think it was also decided during those 7 days that as well as leaving Twickenham (which John also hated) they decided to to get Billy in and forget playing abroad. 

Nothing like taking one or two comments and writing garbage to get clicks on a website. 

Should also note this the Eric thing is also covered in many books including ‘The Beatles Anthology’. 5 minutes of research would therefore have revealed this “unearthed audio”.

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Indeed, it’s not a revelation. I’ve always found it funny actually because of John’s reaction to it all. 

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7 October 2021
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Eric’s reaction in the anthology is great too. He just laughs at the question, and knows its a ridiculous notion.

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George walks out on 10 January 1969 saying he’ll see them around the clubs, John sarcastically plays the “Soon be gone” part of The Who’s A Quick One While He’s Away


Very clever. I didn’t know this but i’m going to have to go back through Jan 10 to try and hear it. Is it a part of A/B road and if so what slate?

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To be fair there is a wee bit of truth to it. Clapton admitted in an interview with MOJO that there had been some suggestion of working with the Beatles.

“I think it fitted a need of his and mine, that he could elevate himself by having this guy that could be like a gunslinger to them. Lennon would use my name every Now And Then for clout as if I was the fastest gun. So, I don’t think I could have been brought into the whole thing because I was too much a mate of Georges”

Lennon also is heard suggesting it to Paul and Ringo  “I think if George doesn’t come back by [next week] we ask Eric Clapton to play,” 

21 July 2022
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There are a few things in Get Back that people seem to take at face value that seemed like obvious sarcasm to me. It never occurred to me that John might be seriously suggesting that they replace George with Eric until I saw comments on the internet taking it literally.

That article says:

In the tape, he says: “[Harrison is a ]festering wound and we allowed it to go deeper and we didn’t even give him any bandages.”

What a wild interpretation they added in those square brackets!

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22 July 2022
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John was the master of that kind of passive/aggressive s**t, you can see that in the film at times where he really unsettles his bandmates with it. I think he probably was being at least halfway serious about it, things were not great between him and george at this stage for a few reasons. 

Remember within months of “get back” Clapton was working with John in the Plastic ono band. 

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Especially in 2022, I’d personally be happy to exchange George for Eric. (Joyful Tears in heaven, reunited with his son at last!) john-lennon-salute_gif

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From what I’ve read, I don’t think John would have survived hanging out with Eric. His substance abuse issues were far more hardcore than Johns. 

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