In an interview with
Absolute Radio’s Geoff Lloyd
, Paul McCartney
blames the break-up of The Beatles
on the late John Lennon
. The reason? The Yoko Factor, of course.
“Basically, me, George [Harrison] and Ringo [Starr], said, ‘Does this have to be final? Could we do a couple of gigs or can we think about this tomorrow?'” McCartney says. “But John was off with Yoko [Ono] and he was saying, ‘No, no, it’s great — I feel a release,’ and all that. So that was kind of final.”
During the same interview, McCartney “criticized” the Queen of England for not knighting his band mate Ringo. All four members of the band are Members of the Order of the British Empire, but only McCartney was knighted (in 1997).
McCartney jokes that he tried to ask the Queen for the honor on his friend’s behalf. “The last time I went by she was out, otherwise I would have popped in and said, ‘Look, love, Sir Richard Starkey,’ he says. “Because I do think it’s about time, but she probably was a bit busy with Sir Brucie.”