For years, many Beatles fans blamed Yoko Ono for causing the legendaring band to split up. Now, over four decades later, Paul McCartney is speaking up in defense of Yoko.
In an interview with famed British journalist David Frost, which will be aired on Al Jazeera English next month, McCartney said that the band was already on its way to disbanding even before Yoko came to the scene. The 70-year-old added, “She certainly didn’t break the group up, the group was breaking up.”
In fact, Macca has nothing but good things to say about Yoko these days, adding that her influence opened up to John Lennon’s new musical paths. He explained, “I don’t think he would have done that without Yoko, so I don’t think you can blame her for anything. When Yoko came along, part of her attraction was her avant garde side, her view of things, so she showed him another way to be, which was very attractive to him. So it was time for John to leave, he was definitely going to leave.”
Paul also thinks that when original Beatles manager Brian Epstein died in 1967, talent agent Allen Klein took over and had much to do with the Beatles’ end. He explained, “I was fighting against the other three guys who’d been my lifelong soul buddies. I said I wanted to fight Klein.”
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