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Ex-Beatle Recalls Marcos As ‘Twit’ Who Took Back Money for Concert

April 12, 1986 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos is an ″old twit″ who incited island residents to attack the Beatles after they played a concert in his country in the ’60s, guitarist George Harrison recalls.

Harrison, in an interview to be broadcast Wednesday on NBC-TV’s ″Today″ show, said Marcos was angered by a mix-up in which the Fab Four did not appear at the presidential palace to meet his family after a concert during the height of Beatlemania.

″We didn’t have any engagements anywhere. But ... some smart guy had said, ’Sure, I’ll get the Beatles to the palace,‴ Harrison said. ″We turned the television on and there it was, this big palace with lines of people and the guy saying, ‘Well, they’re still not here yet.’

″And we watched ourselves not arrive at the palace. But we were never supposed to be there.″

Harrison said the story was played up as ‴Beatles Snub First Family,′ which I’m glad we did. See, even in those days we had taste.″

Marcos, however, was angered by the incident, Harrison said.

″Consequently, he set the mob on us and tried to beat us up, which they did; they beat up a lot of people in with us, and wouldn’t let the airplane leave Manila until (Brian) Epstein, our manager, had to get off the plane and give back the money we earned at the concert,″ Harrison continued. ″So that’s what I think of Marcos. Old twit, he was.″