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George Harrison Said It Was a ‘Relief’ to Be Done With The Beatles


George Harrison stands on a balcony with his hands in his jacket pockets.
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George Harrison said LSD made him grow weary of fame and touring with The Beatles

Harrison said that he enjoyed fame when he was young, but it began to wear on him, particularly 

George Harrison rose to massive global success in The Beatles, but he said the fame grew tiresome. By the time the band stopped touring, Harrison said he was relieved. Though the band stayed together to work on music, they broke up in 1970. While fans mourned the breakup, Harrison said that it felt inevitable. He also said that there was a sense of relief to be done with the band.

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George Harrison said LSD made him grow weary of fame and touring with The Beatles

Harrison said that he enjoyed fame when he was young, but it began to wear on him, particularly after he tried LSD for the first time. He said the experience was life-changing for him.

“It was like opening the door, really, and before, you didn’t even know there was a door there,” he told Rolling Stone in 1987. “It just opened up this whole other consciousness, even if it was down to, like Aldous Huxley said, the wonderful folds in his gray flannel trousers.”

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He realized that he didn’t like fame.

“That presented a problem as well, because then the feeling began in me of, well, it’s all well and good being popular and being in demand, but you know, it’s ridiculous, really,” he said. “I think, from then on, I didn’t enjoy fame. I enjoyed it in a sort of teenage way up until then, and then I realized that this is serious stuff. This is my life being affected by all these people clamoring and shouting, and all those newspapers writing. That’s when the novelty disappeared, around 1966, and then it became hard work.”

He said it was a bit of a relief to move on

Harrison explained that the band had several “scrapes and near misses” while touring. He said they dealt with out-of-control crowds, political unrest in the cities they visited, and natural disasters. By 1965, Harrison wanted to stop touring entirely. They did decide to stop touring in 1966, after a show in San Francisco. Harrison said it was a relief when the show ended.

“There was a certain amount of relief after that Candlestick Park concert,” he said. “Before one of the last numbers, we actually set up this camera — I think it had a fisheye, a very wide-angle lens. We set it up on the amplifier, and Ringo came off the drums, and we stood with our backs to the audience and posed for a photograph, because we knew that was the last show.”

The band continued working together, and Harrison said it was also a relief when the group broke up.

“There was a sense of relief after that, getting home,” he said. “Then we spent what seemed like fifty years going in and out of each other’s houses, writing …read more

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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