4 February 2014
Though there were many instances that would suggest otherwise, I firmly believe John never totally ruled out a Beatles reunion...
After the half-dozen books I've read in the past months, this is one of the constants.
Maybe it's that jilted fan syndrome or whatever, but it's what I've come away with. Lennon was consistently conflicting in his statements regarding a reunion and I have to appreciate his stance of wanting that era of The Beatles (more specifically, Beatlemania) to be done. He wanted it done and he wanted nothing to do with bringing it back. I wouldn't want to see it again. Even back then, I thought it was strange.
Unlike most bands comprised of members sought out through trade magazines or notices posted in clubs, they literally grew up together. So that type of bond goes beyond being 'The Beatles.' It only makes sense that Lennon would not 'be done' with Paul or George or Richie. They were truly among the very few constants in his life. We're familiar with the numerous occasions where they reunited in individual circumstances.
There is another peculiarity I've come away with. As much as I try to remain objective and give Ono credit whenever possible, there is a curious thing; whenever you read about Lennon having made comments in favor of a reunion, or lambasting the suggestion, where was she?
To me, whenever he talked favorably, she's wasn't around.
And... vice versa.
Add salt to taste.
“Send John out first; he’s the one they want.”
~ someone said it, dammit.
19 April 2010
To me it is inconceivable that in the nearly 21 years between John's murder and George's death that there would not have been a full fledged Beatles reunion including new songs, new albums and tours.
Things were already moving that way at the time of John's death - see Jack Douglas' quotes about John in the studio just days before he died.
Plus, John died at the age of 40 - I am now 57 - 17 years older than John was when he died - at the risk of sounding pompous, I will say that as we enter our 40's and beyond, people tend to reach a new level of perspective on old hurts and the realization that time is winding down does leave one with a desire to erase as much regret as possible.
These guys started off as friends (esp John, Paul and George) and I am convinced that had they had enough time, their friendship would have rekindled even more, and prevailed thus leading to new creative interactions. This is what Ringo alludes to in Anthology when he says they were like brothers and they really loved each other and when things were good the music was always good.
Yes, don't doubt it - they would have reunited and created more music together.
We were deeply cheated. John's murder was, in many ways, one of the great singular tragedies of our time because it served no real purpose - not even an evil purpose - it was the random act of a madman.
We were cheated. They were cheated. The world was cheated.
"She looks more like him than I do."
22 December 2013
John was very much the "LynchPin", if you like, on any sort of Reunion ever transpiring, I think that the premise on which The Threatles Project later manifested very much confirmes this notion. Ringo spoke of "we kept hitting this wall" when the three of them first began to explore the idea of perhaps crafting a "Soundtrack" to the long overdue 'Long And Winding Road' volume that eventually evolved into the 'Anthology', which John of course was "unavailable" at the time. It's not too far fetched to suggest that "The Threatles" were simply waiting for John to give them the go ahead during the 1970's, and with Yoko Ono's personal endorsement of trusting them with some of John's last known unfinished creative concepts, the much awaited Beatles' "Reunion" was finally given John Lennon 's "stamp of approval", by the only living person REALLY able to answer the OP's question of 'Was John up for a Beatles Reunion'.
Yoko's trust was certainly NOT misguided for The Beatles gave us atleast two more excellent workings in 'Free As A Bird ' & 'Real Love ', had John been uncategorically opposed to any future Beatles' projects beyond 'Abbey Road ', then I would think that Yoko Ono would've been the first to squelch any further dealings with them beyond his tragic passing, for she certainly didn't need the money. There's really no point in dwelling on "what might've been", all we have is all as it was meant to be, and this is The Beatles' legacy as it IS. John, like George, would come across as someone who was "done" with The Beatles from time to time, but they both couldn't depart from this massive part of their respective beings forever, whether it was George's re-acquaintance with his Beatles' roots during his various concert appearances from 1971 - 1991 (and studio recordings like 'When We Was Fab') or, John also performing Beatles' classics like 'Come Together ', 'I Saw Her Standing There ' & 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds ' during his even rarer live performances (not to mention playing 'Money (That's What I Want)', 'Dizzy Miss Lizzie', & 'Yer Blues ' live months after he'd first told Paul that "I ain't no Fucking Beatle").
I'd also direct those doubting 'Was John up for a Beatles Reunion' to read the article that I posted in this thread http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo.....on-tour/ where those who were working close to John during the final months of his storied life hinted at The Beatles possibly reuniting for John's planned World Tour in 1981. While any speculation is purely hearsay based on comments from those claiming to be "in the know", the dialogue wreaks of John's confidence in that he was indeed the "LynchPin" for a Reunion to happen. Perhaps he needed an "excuse" to give the go ahead, whether it was HIS Tour, or Live-Aid as some have speculated, or the blessings of Yoko Ono which eventually did make it happen, but for reasons beyond our comprehension he just couldn't bring himself personally to outright declare it official to the world while he was still with us on the physical plane, and The Beatles' legacy may be better off for it, for it is alive and well and touching yet another generation as it's done more than once all ready. John may never have admitted this but his old chum Paul probably sums it up best when he simply stated 'Let It Be '..:-)
22 December 2013
Seems that the link that I provided is broken, try this: