Ringo Starr Reveals the Real Reason The Beatles Turned Down $250 Million Reunion Offer

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ringo Starr at an event

The Beatles have been an enormous sensation within the ’60s, incomes quite a few hits, a string of profitable albums, and a legion of adoring followers. But on the peak of their recognition in 1970, the band broke up.

Fans hoped the group would at some point reunite, nevertheless it sadly by no means occurred. However, there have been some affords on the desk. In a current interview, famed drummer Ringo Starr recalled one specific provide price $250 million, however he stated he and his bandmates determined to show it down on account of a reasonably weird stipulation.

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Ringo Starr at an occasion in May 2019 | Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

Ringo Starr’s feedback on The Beatles reunion

Ringo Starr had been speaking to The Sunday Mirror earlier in July when he talked about the provide made to him and group members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison.

According to the drummer, showman Bill Sargent tried to get them again collectively in 1975 with a deal price $250 million in today’s {dollars}. But after studying the opening act would characteristic a struggle between a person and a fantastic white shark, they determined to not go ahead with it.

“We did talk one time. There was a crazy offer out there,” he defined. “We called each other to see what we think. We decided not to do it because the opening act was a guy biting a shark. So we thought no.”

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Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr of The Beatles in 1962 | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

By the time one other risk of a reunion got here up, tragedy had struck

Ringo Starr went on to say that they in all probability would have gotten again collectively had the group not misplaced two of its members, referencing Lennon, who was shot to demise in December 1980, and Harrison, who died of most cancers in November 2001.

“If John and George had not died there was surely a possibility of that,” Ringo Starr stated of a doable reunion. “Paul and I are still on the road. John would have still been on the road. I don’t know about George. We’d still be doing what we love to do. Maybe separately, maybe together. Nobody knows.”

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The Beatles in 1963 | CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

There was plenty of pressure between The Beatles earlier than they disbanded

Elsewhere within the interview, the long-lasting drummer additionally spoke on the band’s resolution to interrupt up. Looking again, he stated he had no concept their universally acclaimed eleventh album, Abbey Road (1969), could be their final.

“When we finished Abbey Road I did not walk away thinking that’s the last album,” he defined. “I thought, ‘We’ll be back in how many months and we’ll do another.’ Between times we did actually break. No one went away thinking ‘That’s it.’ … I didn’t think it would be the last time we’d ever tour together either.”

But the group had began to conflict over musical and private variations and finally determined to stroll away from their working relationship.

Although it may not be the end result Ringo Starr anticipated, he has continued to get pleasure from success as a solo artist.

Read extra: Ringo Starr: How Much Is the Beatles Legend Worth?

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