quote:Originally posted by Maestri09
I think in that sense, Revolver was the last beatles album. As well, the beatles stopped being a touring band after this release, and inside, they all really wanted to perform above all else--even paul.
Just a question:
If the beatles really wanted to tour and perform, why didn't they? was it really about the complexity of the music? Was it brian's death? Was Paul the only one that didn't "get it"?
...how come no one asks Paul or Ringo (or Yoko) these questions?
I think the answer to all of these questions can be found on the "Anthology" DVDs. The Beatles were pretty put off by the fact that their concerts were drowned by the screams to a point that they couldn't hear themselves, that they were just "playing s**t", as Ringo put it. Plus it seemed they were getting bored by the concert routine, by getting escorted to all sorts of places without ever being able to even escape for a few hours from the hotel to really see where they were.
Another important point seemed to be that they wanted to "branch out", they needed room for other activities, which was why they "invented MTV", just sending their promo videos to all kinds of shows instead of showing up themselves.
I think if you watch the footage of the not-so-early performances as a group and above all the post-Beatles performances, you can see that Paul has been virtually the ONLY one who almost unconditionally loves performing, however repetitive the whole thing may become for him, and that, as I see it, has been one of the magic ingredients (if not THE magic ingredient) of his shows. I think he was the one who most regretted giving up touring - on "Anthology" he says he had been more reluctant to do so than the others.