“The one consistent thing is that they [The Beatles] were all terribly funny, always, all of them. Wisecracking, wisecracking, wisecracking - really funny.
When I was on tour with them [in 1966] I remember that they were tired. They were more cynical than ever. I remember them saying, ‘Your bloody American fans are trying to kill us.’” - Joan Baez, Tomorrow Never Knows: The Beatles’ Last Concert
“There was a certain amount of relief after that Candlestick Park concert. Before one of the last numbers, we set up this camera - I think it had a fisheye, a very wide-angle lens. We set it on an amplifier, and Ringo came out of the drums, and we stood with our back to the audience and posed for a photograph, because we knew that was the last show.” - George Harrison, Rolling Stone, 5 November 1987
I was disappointed that we got so famous, because as musicians, we were a really good band in the early days, and the more fame that we got, the more the audience screamed and the more that we did just 20 or 30 minute shows of our latest singles. The musicianship kind of went out the window. […]
[T]he last tour we did, I remember trying to do ‘Paperback Writer,’ which had a kind of double tracked vocal and all that stuff and it was a bit embarrassing at the time. I remember this isn’t making it, this doesn’t sound very good. So I don’t know, but the Beatle tours were something else. You would have had to have been there to know how ridiculous it was. There was no way we could have continued under those circumstances.
George Harrison on whether he was ever disappointed about The Beatles ending touring when they did, Undercover, 1990′s
George Harrison: “Really, all I wanted to do was just be in a band; I didn’t really want to go to work, I wanted to be in a group and that’s what happened. And then we happened to get famous. And it was fun for a little while… But [Beatlemania] became such a nightmare. It was - it became like a prison. And on top of that, the thing that really made it the worst was that when we finally got the place we were going, and the reason we were doing it was to play the music, and you couldn’t even hear the music - we couldn’t even hear it ourselves because of all these people yelling. So, you know, we just got tired of it and packed it in.”
Q: “And you didn’t miss Beatlemania at all?”
GH: “Oh no. We stopped the mania by retiring from touring and press and stuff, and we just went in the studio.” - Swedish interview, 1990