Glastonbury frontman Paul McCartney and John Lennon have the biggest rivalry among the Beatles. However, they eventually reconnected, just days before John was assassinated outside his front door
John Lennon was murdered outside his New York City apartment on December 8, 1980, just two days after giving an interview about his friendship and rivalry with Paul McCartney.
When The Beatles split in 1970, the band members went their separate ways and most of them didn’t see each other for years.
Paul – who is making headlines in Glastonbury this year – and John had a particular rivalry that only got worse after the band broke up.
In Paul’s book, The Lyrics: 1956 To The Present, he says, “As we parted and everyone surrounded, John became annoyed.
“I really don’t understand why. Maybe it’s because we grew up in Liverpool where it’s always good to get the first punch of a fight.”
John then cast a shadow on his former band when he released his first solo album in December 1970, making tensions worse.
However, they put their differences aside before the ending, with John revealing his true thoughts just days before the untimely ending.
Paul McCartney and John Lennon
In the 1980s, British journalist Andy Peebles interviewed John Lennon about his life and relationships with old friends in the band.
According to The Express, John spoke of “his lifelong brotherhood” with Paul.
Andy said: “He explained how much he loved life in New York and how much he missed England.
“He told me about McCartney going to Dakota’s house and ringing the doorbell, and John wouldn’t let him get up, screaming down, ‘I’m baking bread and taking care of the baby!
“’If you think I’m going out of the club, you’ve gone crazy!’”
Just two days after the interview and flying back to London, Andy learned that John had been killed.
What did Paul McCartney say about John Lennon’s death?
In the days after John was killed, Paul asked to speak to Andy to find out if John still loved him “despite all the post-Beatles downfall”.
Andy said: “He’s sarcastic and funny and needy but he definitely likes you.
“We both became very emotional. I know Paul well enough… I feel terrible for making him cry.”
John Lennon’s Last Words to Paul McCartney
Years later, Paul’s wife, Linda, shares the last thing John ever said about his former bandmate.
Considering what was to come, his last words were truly heartbreaking.
Speaking to Ultimate Classic Rock, John told Paul: “Think of me every now and then, old friend.”
His last words were used in the song My Old Friend, which Carl Perkins was inspired to write after he met Paul a few months after John’s death.
According to Ultimate Classic Rock, the lyrics “Think of me once in a while, old friend,” caused Paul to leave the room in tears.
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