10 Heartbreaking Things You Didn't Know About The Beatles' Final Performance
By Sarah Norman | May 24, 2023
John Lennon And Paul McCartney Weren't Writing With Each Other Anymore
The falling-out between Lennon and McCartney started long before they decided to play live again. Starting with the recording of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band the two main songwriters in the group started working without one another. They may have shared credits, but the different nature of their songs was growing clearer. For every populist singalong that McCartney wrote, Lennon wrote a personal piece exploring his own psyche. This attitude towards songwriting extended to Harrison and Starr, who brought in their own songs and bristled at being told what to play. For a group of artists, the Beatles wasn't a fun place to be to make art.
Everyone was on edge during rehearsals
During rehearsals, McCartney was pushy, which is putting it politely. George Harrison hated working with McCartney because he didn’t have any say in the parts he played. According to Harrison, he was told what to play, when to play it, and at what tempo. The same went for Starr. Even Lennon, who had his own songs, was tired of working things out with the bassist.