It weird to hear Ringo be so curmudgeony about his own past. He’s usual so positive about his experiences with The Beatles, except for the time spent recording The White album. His tales of the past are usually sugar coated affairs filled with peace and love. It looks like that’s not the case.
It’s hard to imagine their prowess as a live entity, as musicians, dropping so significantly. I mean, with technological advances made in recording equipment, the nature of recording changed with The Beatles. No longer were they recording live, but orchestrating parts and writing in the studio. They were making records as opposed to performing live on the records, for the most part. At times that could get a little boring.
Wasn’t it Ringo who said that he, “learned to play chess during the recording of Sgt. Pepper’s.” That was his only major recollection of the seminal album’s creation. I wouldn’t say that the Fabs turned into an awful band, they just ceased to have the chops of a live touring band. Ringo, please don’t be so hard on yourself. As the Let it Be film and record illustrates…the chops were still there. They just needed to be dusted off.
Here’s what we’ve read.
The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was disgusted with the band’s musical prowess in the mid 1960s – because their screaming fans turned them into “bad musicians”.
The Fab Four star is convinced they became victims of their own phenomenal success, as the deafening roar of the crowds during their gigs drowned out the sound of their instruments – so they couldn’t hear what they were playing.
He says: “By 1965 we were turning into really bad musicians because we literally couldn’t hear ourselves over the screaming from the audience.
“I was going downhill as a musician, and so was everyone else in the band. Then, we only did 25 minutes on stage. Now thanks to Led Zeppelin and The Who, everybody has to do two hours.”