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No Beatles Reunion as Long as John Lennon is Dead, George Harrison Says

November 30, 1989 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Paul McCartney’s suggestion that the surviving Beatles reunite isn’t for George Harrison, who says he doesn’t believe in yesterday.

″As far as I’m concerned, there won’t be a Beatles reunion as long as John Lennon remains dead,″ Harrison said in a terse statement that seems to put the kibosh on reunion speculation.

Ringo Starr, the third surviving Beatle, couldn’t be reached through his manager’s office.

During the publicity blitz surrounding the start of his world tour, McCartney said in an interview this week that he’s receptive to getting together again with Harrison and Starr.


″We might get to play together after all this time,″ McCartney was quoted in Tuesday’s Los Angeles Times.

Harrison said such a gathering would be a hollow exercise without Lennon, the former member of the ″Fab Four″ who was assassinated by a deranged publicity seeker.

″What good are three Beatles without John?″ Harrison asked The Associated Press on Tuesday. ″It’s too far in the past.″

Harrison, 46, said the future is more interesting than the past.

″Let sleeping dogs lie,″ said Harrison, who has become involved in the British film industry and has a comedy movie, ″Nuns on the Run,″ scheduled for U.S. release early next year.

McCartney said during a news conference Monday that a documentary film on the Beatles called ″The Long and Winding Road″ may be on the way.