Paul McCartney, the co-lead vocalist and bassist of The Beatles, has reminisced about his dear bandmate, George Harrison, who was the lead guitarist of the band, and unveiled what Harrison told him during their last conversation.
Within the latest interview he gave to the New York Times, the British icon, Paul McCartney, has recalled the precious moments he spent with his late friends, John Lennon and George Harrison. McCartney went through all their hitchhiking memories, Paris travels, and beach moments while looking back on the unforgettable days.
The bassist also gave some details about the last day he spent with Harrison while the guitarist was trying to find a cure for his lung cancer, seeing one doctor after another. McCartney said that they were in New York before George went to Los Angeles to die, and he was holding Harrison’s hand so as to give some support.
Paul remembered George was getting a bit annoyed at having to travel all the time, chasing a cure from Geneva to a special clinic in New York. McCartney said Harrison lastly asked him if they just stay in one place, and Paul answered by suggesting to go to Speke Hall, a 16th-century public garden and estate in the Liverpool where the two bandmates grew up.
Harrison passed away in 2001 at the age of 58 after his long battle with lung cancer. Two years before his death, the musician had survived a knife attack by an intruder at his Friar Park home. The ashes of George Harrison were scattered in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in India.
Here’s what Paul McCartney said when he was asked about his last conversation with Harrison:
“We said silly things. We were in New York before he went to Los Angeles to die, and they were silly but important to me. And, I think, important to him. We were sitting there, and I was holding his hand, and it occurred to me — I’ve never told this — I don’t want to hold George’s hand.
You don’t hold your mate’s hands. I mean, we didn’t anyway. And I remember he was getting a bit annoyed at having to travel all the time — chasing a cure. He’d gone to Geneva to see what they could do.
Then he came to a special clinic in New York to see what they could do. Then the thought was to go to L.A. and see what they could do. He was sort of getting a bit, ‘Can’t we just stay in one place?’ And I said: ‘Yes, Speke Hall. Let’s go to Speke Hall.’
That was one of the last things we said to each other, knowing that he would be the only person in the room who would know what Speke Hall was.”
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