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Brian Epstein is interviewed by ITV’s Richard Lindley backstage at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, during the Beatles’ final US tour (August 19, 1966)

LINDLEY: What do you feel about this business of the group speaking their mind, and saying what they think, do you think its possible to do that, when you’re in their position?
EPSTEIN: Absolutely. I’ve never suggested that they should do otherwise.
LINDLEY:  Did you suggest that John apologise? [following the ‘more popular than Jesus’ furore
EPSTEIN:  We talked about it, and this was our mutual feeling. I’ve never directed that the boys should do anything, either, sort of song-wise, artistically-wise or speech-wise. We all make up our minds. I contribute, I suppose, a fifth.

Andy Kaufman gets stretchered out of the Mid-South Coliseum after taking two piledrivers from Jerry “the King” Lawler: April 2, 1982

Kaufman’s commitment to selling his injuries is admirable. It was a different era with kayfabe. The CNN story goes into detail:

“From his bed at St. Francis Hospital, Kaufman told TV crews: "I always thought wrestling wasn’t real, but apparently, I guess, at least this one was.” He spoke with a weird chin-strap contraption around his head.

“Kaufman told The Washington Post he wished he’d never stepped into the ring. "I thought I was a champion wrestler, an athlete, a macho guy,” he said.“

Photo via the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Press Conference at Mid South Coliseum Memphis Tennessee August 19, 1966 the ‘The Beatles are more popular than Jesus’ controversy was big at the time, and this venue being in the South, naturally it was the first question.'What difference has all this row made to this tour, do you think? Any at all?“  Paul’s response was,  ”Umm, I don’t think it’s made much. It’s made it more hectic. It’s made all the press conferences mean a bit more. People said to us last time we came, all our answers were a bit flippant, and they said 'Why isn’t it this time?’ And the thing is the questions are a bit more serious this time. It hasn’t affected any of the bookings. The people coming to the concerts have been the same, except for the first show in Memphis which was a bit down, you know. But, uhh, so what.“

In this photo George is shown pointing and only responded once during the press conference and his response was to this question, "The disc jockey, Tommy Charles, who started this row off, has said that he won’t play your records until you’ve grown up a little. How do you feel about that?” George’s response was, “And if he was grown up, he wouldn’t have done the thing 'cos he only did it for a stunt, anyway. So I mean, who is he to say about growing up? Who is he?”