In a rarely known interview, the late lead guitarist and occasional vocalist of The Beatles, George Harrison opened up about the rumor that he’s the person who turned his bandmates to LSD as he shed a light on the unknown side of the band.
During his little-known conversation with the Creem editors, J. Kordosh and Bill Holdship, the late Beatles legend, George Harrison, clarified the matter about his band’s addiction history. When asked if he had ever felt guilty about being the one who got them used to it, Harrison revealed the fact that it’s not him.
He recalled the time when his dentist invited him, John Lennon, and their ex-wives to a dinner. On that night, Harrison told, the dentist put the acid called, LSD, in their coffee. Got off the drugs from the man who ran Playboy in London, Tim Leary, Harrison’s friend didn’t let the bandmates go without finishing their coffee according to The Beatles icon.
After taking LSD without noticing, Harrison said he felt so great that he wanted to hug everybody and tell them how much he loved them. Suddenly the room started moving a bit and he remembered it was like World War III was happening.
Here’s what George Harrison said about the drug rumors:
“It wasn’t really me. Let me tell you what happened: I had a dentist who invited me and John and our ex-wives to dinner, and he had this acid he’d got off the guy who ran Playboy in London. And the Playboy guy had gotten it off, you know, the people who had it in America.
What’s his name, Tim Leary. And this guy had never had it himself, didn’t know anything about it, but he thought it was an aphrodisiac and he had this girlfriend with huge breasts. He invited us down there with our blonde wives and I think he thought he was gonna have a scene.
And he put it in our coffee without telling us—he didn’t take any himself. We didn’t know we had it, and we’d made an arrangement earlier—after we had dinner we were gonna go to this nightclub to see some friends of ours who were playing in a band.
And I was saying, ‘OK, let’s go, we’ve got to go,’ and this guy kept saying, ‘No, don’t go, finish your coffee. Then, 20 minutes later or something, I’m saying, ‘C’mon John, we’d better go now. We’re gonna miss the show.’ And he says we shouldn’t go ’cause we’ve had LSD.”
“I’d heard about LSD, but it was before all the panic, everybody saying heaven and hell and all this stuff. So, fortunately, I didn’t care. And I could sense there was something weird going on. Then he said, ‘Well, OK then, we’ll come with you—I’ll drive you there, leave your car here.’ And I said, ‘No, no wait a minute. I’m taking my car.’ We went and he followed.
So we got to this place and we just sat down and I think ordered a drink and then suddenly something happened. I just got this overwhelming feeling, I couldn’t put my finger on why it was happening, but it was just like I was so in love with everything. I just felt so great I wanted to hug everybody and tell ’em how much I loved them.
And then suddenly the room started moving a bit and stuff like that, and the next thing I remember it was like World War III was happening. Bombs were dropping, all kinds of things, and I finally gathered my senses together and realized the club had closed.
They’d put all the lights on and the waiters were going around putting all the chairs on top of the tables and sweeping the floors. We somehow got out of there and walked to this next club—the Ad Lib Club—it just went on forever.
So John and I had it together. We’d heard of it, but we never knew what it was about and it was put in our coffee maliciously. So it really wasn’t us turning each other or the world or anything—we were the victims of silly people.”
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