Paul McCartney appeared on a recent episode of The Howard Stern Show, and set the record straight regarding The Beatles‘ split.

Conducting the interview from their respective social-distanced work spaces, the talk show host couldn’t help but wonder whether McCartney wished he could turn back time and keep the Beatles going in the absence of his legendary song writing partner, John (Lennon.) In response, Paul said, “When families break up, it’s to do with the emotion and the emotional pain. You can’t just think of a smart idea like that at the time. You’re hurting too much. So, it wasn’t going to happen…. We’d been through too much and I think we were just fed up with the whole thing.”

With the subsequent deaths George Harrison (who passed away 11.29.01 from cancer) and John Lennon (who was murdered on 12.08.80) McCartney mentioned his excitement for playing alongside the other surviving member, Ringo Starr: “It is fantastic for us. When so much time goes by you do get to reflect on some of the great things in your life and, to me, the other guys in the Beatles are three of the great things in my life—there’s no denying it,” Paul said. “So, if I get a chance now to play with Ringo, it’s magical.”

He elaborated on a recent performance of “Helter Skelter,” noting “Half the time, the minute I finished a line of vocals, I kind of wanted to just turn around and look at him and just drink it all in and go, ‘This is Ringo, man. This is my brother. I love this guy.’”

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