Q: Do you still miss John?
GEORGE: Oh well…in some ways it would be real handy if we could talk to him because of the way certain things, business decisions…because now that quarter of us is gone…and yet it isn’t, because Yoko’s there, you know; she’s still Beatling more than anybody. It would be easier if John was around just to…get things solved.
Q: There have been various incidents: the selling of the Beatles’ song catalogue, the use of Revolution on the American Nike TV ad…
GEORGE: Well that’s the main thing that happened. It’s like a conflict. Four of us were a partnership and it’s daft when three people and the company are trying to set certain precedents and establish certain things and one of them is going off on the side and doing a deal. It makes everybody else look stupid.
Q: Do you see Yoko?
GEORGE: No, I haven’t seen her for a few years. I don’t really know her actually. I spoke to her at that time, you know, a few times after John’s death, but I didn’t really know her when she was around when John was around. You know, she wasn’t particularly interested in any of us anyway.
Q: Do you worry about your own safety after John’s death?
GEORGE: No, because there’s no point. It can happen to anybody - you can fall under a truck. I read somewhere in a book once: “Life is fragile like a raindrop on a lotus leaf” and if you’ve ever seen a raindrop on a lotus leaf you’ll know what I mean. People think I’ve lived in seclusion because of John’s death, but I was already doing that long before. The last time I did press on an album was 1976 and John got killed at the end of 1980, so for four years I’d already been the Howard Hughes Of Pop, allegedly. I try to be careful and sensible but I don’t go around worrying that Al Capone’s going to come and get me, otherwise we’d all be nervous wrecks. I’m almost a nervous wreck anyway!
But yeah, we miss him. We miss him around because he was so funny. One of the disc jockeys, Roger Scott (London’s Capital Radio) gave me this little bootleg. It was just the talking between two songs, mainly John and Paul trying to get their harmonies right but it’s really funny. The dialogue that was going on there was brilliant. John says, Did you see that movie the other night? And Paul says, What, Humph? And John says, Yeah, Humph Boge. And Paul says, Humph Boge’s fab…It was just really silly stuff like that. It’s still like that with us. The other night when we all got together there were about 15 conversations going on at the same time with this Chinese waiter trying to get the order in and Ringo saying, Now you come over here, I wanna talk to you, ‘cos he can’t eat onions. It gives you glimpses. God knows how we got through all them years. It was just bedlam, really. It was madness.
- Q magazine (1988)
[credit to friarparksoulclub for sending me this article]