The Beatles: George Harrison’s murder fears prompted him to quit the band | Music | Entertainment


Over the weekend, Sir Paul McCartney joined the Foo Fighters on stage to commemorate Taylor Hawkins, who died in March this year.

Although McCartney is no stranger to the scene these days, there was a time when the Beatles announced that they would no longer be playing songs live. George Harrison was delighted with this, as he had a paralyzing fear of being murdered.

Harrison, who was the youngest member of the band, was known as the Quiet Beatle because he was less outspoken than the rest of the band.

That didn’t mean he didn’t fight back in the Fab Four, but he was less likely to make flippant comments to the press – much like John Lennon did in the Philippines. While touring the country, Lennon announced that the Beatles were “bigger than Jesus”. This controversial statement has enraged Christians around the world.

David Acomba, who filmed Harrison’s 1974 solo tour, said the incident was the start of the star’s fears.

Acomba said, even many years after Beatlemania, “Harrison was constantly worried about being shot”.

He noted that after Lennon’s comments about Jesus, the band’s records were banned and publicly burned in protest against the band.

Harrison responded to these protests by joking, “They have to buy them before they can burn them”, but inside he was worry sick.

One particularly scary night happened when the Beatles were scheduled to play at LA Dodgers Stadium on August 28, 1966.

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Harrison told the rest of the Fab Four, “Well, that’s it, I’m not a Beatle anymore.”

He was almost certainly serious about leaving the band, but he didn’t leave the band for a few years. It finally came out while they were recording their last album, Let It Be.

During that legendary moment, he ran away from the recording scene saying, “I’ll see you in the clubs.”

His exit didn’t come as a huge surprise, given that Harrison’s wife confessed he was extremely miserable at the time.

Patti Boyd explained: “The Beatles made him unhappy, with constant arguments. They were vicious towards each other. It was really upsetting, and even more so for him because he had this new spiritual path.”

She added that he was treated as the “little brother” of the group.

“He was relegated to the background,” she continued. “He was coming back from the taping and was full of anger. It was a very bad state he was in.”

Harrison was never shot. He died naturally from cancer on November 21, 2001.



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