Paul McCartney says he still dreams about playing music with late Beatles bandmates

January 10, 2019 GMT

The Beatles co-founder Paul McCartney said he still dreams about playing music with late former bandmates John Lennon and George Harrison.

“It would have been great to get The Beatles back together again. People always say what if? But we can’t, so sadly, that’s not going to happen,” Mr. McCartney, 76, said during an interview aired over the weekend on BBC Radio Scotland.

“If by some strange fluke it was to happen, it would be beautiful. But do you know where it does happen? In my dreams,” Mr. McCartney added.

“As a musician, you often have dreams about being in the studio or on stage, so I’m often with the guys,” Mr. McCartney continued. “Just the other morning I woke up and I was with George. And that was very nice. That’s how I run into John and George these days. So The Beatles have reformed. In my head.”

The Beatles performed publicly for the last time in 1969, and the band officially broke up the following year. Lennon was fatally shot in 1980, and Harrison died from lung cancer in 2001, making Mr. McCartney and Ringo Starr, 78, the Fab Four’s only living members.


“John and George are still a big part of my life, always will be,” Mr. McCartney said during the interview. “I often think about them with a lot of sadness because they should still be here. But even though there is sadness, the main thing is the joy of knowing those two guys. I miss them a lot.”

Deaths have hardly kept other groups from recently reuniting, however. Bandmates of late metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who died of cancer in 2010, have performed since 2016 alongside a hologram of the “Holy Diver” singer, while several former bandmates of Frank Zappa, who also died of cancer in 1993,are slated to follow suit in 2019.