We’ve heard grumblings throughout the years that John Lennon had tried to get the Fab Four back together. We’ve heard that Paul had tried to do the same, but for whatever reason(s) it was never to be. Logistics didn’t happen. Phone calls weren’t answered. Other studio times were booked. And even their moods changed about the idea of reuniting as The Beatles.
This is the first first-hand account that I can think of hearing though, that details the plans, and attempts at trying to get the Fab Four back together. It certainly is interesting to hear. As I read May’s account of the attempts to get back together, my heart flutters a bit with anticipation. You know, excitement that secretly the four of them really did get together. I know it is not to be true as history has shown us, but it’s great to let your mind wander and create this alternate history where the Fab Four live on for another day together. This is such a great interview with May Pang, lots of these stories have gone totally unheard before.
By the way, if you haven’t bought May Pang’s new book of Lennon photos, Instamatic Karma, I highly recommed getting it. The photos are so beautiful, and paint such an intimate portrait of John. They are unlike anything I have ever seen.
Here’s what we’ve read.
May Pang’s disclosure rewrites history of the most influential pop music group.
Former John Lennon paramour May Pang revealed that Lennon—the man who instigated The Beatles’ break-up—actively planned to reunite them in 1974, but that “logistics” got in the way, The Rip Post has learned.
This is the first report ever that Lennon not only wanted to make new Beatles music, but planned to do it.
Pang’s revelation came during a lengthy interview with Casey Piotrowski, host of the nationally syndicated weekly radio program, “The Beatles Show,” in which she said that the ex-Beatle wanted to record one new song with the group as a prelude to a possible formal reunion. “If one (song) comes around and it works, maybe we’ll do another,” Lennon said, according to Pang. “It was to be behind the scenes. A quick one-off, and let’s see from there.”
Piotrowski’s full interview with Pang airs May 3 on WPMD-FM, the Cerritos College station, and later in 23 other markets across the country. (See box below for full list of stations.) In a follow-up interview with The Rip Post, Pang confirmed the reunion story, and added that Lennon considered upstate New York, possibly Syracuse, as site for the new Beatles session. There was no talk of song titles, and the plan never got past the talking stage, but Pang said it was clear that this was something Lennon “absolutely” intended to do.
“John really thought about it at one point, and we were considering it early on in ’74, just for the hell of it,” said 57-year-old Pang, reached in New York. “Harry Nilsson wanted to be a part of it. We said, oh, that would be a good idea—a one-off, and we would do it in the fall. We were thinking about upstate New York, like Syracuse, because Ringo couldn’t be in New York City. We were in the middle of a lawsuit and he didn’t want to be subpoenaed.”
The astonishing revelation is not in Pang’s new book of snapshots and short reminiscences based on her time with Lennon, “Instamatic Karma” (St. Martin’s), and was not in her first book about Lennon, “Loving John,” published in 1983. She has not mentioned it in other recent interviews.
“It could just be that no one ever asked the question of her before: did John ever speak about reuniting the Beatles?” said radio host Piotrowski. “The remarks (to me) came so naturally and were so unrehearsed that I absolutely believe them. And, if she was just trying to sell the book, she would have put that information in there.”
Asked why the report had not come out before, Pang said she erroneously thought she had included it in her first book, “Loving John.”
“I thought I’d put it in there,” she told The Rip Post. “And then people said to me, ‘I don’t remember reading that!’ . . .But I think a lot of things were cut out. See, I wrote about 600 pages, and my co-author (Henry Edwards) was really the point man they went to. I was a novice, not the seasoned person. If I wanted something in, they didn’t consult me. I may say it, but half the time it didn’t go in. . .So in the end, I did not realize what was in or wasn’t. But that was one of the things that I did talk about. I found my 600 page original manuscript, and I’m considering putting back stories that didn’t make it the first time.”
Source: Rip Rense
(Click above link to read entire article. It’s a really long interview, and we’ve only postedthe half of it.)