Listen to this balloon.


37 Responses to “Listen to this balloon.”

  1. mcarp555 says:

    It’s nice to see a pic of Paul and George from the mid 70’s smiling together.

  2. Dirk says:

    But is not Orginal is a fake paul from 1976 george from 1974 Tour

  3. Nick D. says:

    I think it looks photo shopped!

  4. Joy says:

    I have to agree with you Nick it does look photoshopped – it must have been 1974’ish because that’s how George looked when he was on his infamous
    “Dark Horse Tour”

  5. Guus says:

    19 December 1974 – Plaza Hotel NY signing the final papers, you can see footage of it in Living in the Material World.

  6. Nick D. says:

    Thank you Guus.

  7. anonymoustill says:

    Listen to this balloon indeed. Gotta loove the captions here 🤔.

  8. Since 1963 says:

    John sending the latex sphere in lieu of appearing. Priceless. Classic John, for sure.

  9. Tammy says:

    It’s not photoshopped.

  10. Vitor Bastos says:

    This photo comes from the projections during “Something” at the Paul McCartney concerts.

  11. Whoa never seen this before thanks Tammy !

  12. Nick_L says:

    The video of them signing the document is very sad. Paul looked a bit nervous and apprehensive (perhaps recognizing the finality of it all) while George seemed to be over the moon and ready to move on. Of course you can’t say for sure from a minute of video but there seemed to be quite a bit of distance between the two of them. This pic is a bit misleading because at first glance it looks like George was smiling at Paul. However, on closer inspection, it seems George was more likely smiling at someone else.

  13. The Plaza Hotel in NYC saw them rise like a phoenix, and then saw them end it all (almost). Might not be another hotel in the world that holds so much Beatles history.

    John wouldn’t come over to sign it because “the stars weren’t right”. Man, no wonder these guys couldn’t figure out how to reunite in the 70s – they couldn’t even breakup properly!

  14. MarkC says:

    I think George is at wits end in that video, maybe because of John’s no-show. Almost the same look on his face as when he’s singing What Is Life in the Scorcese doc.

  15. mcarp555 says:

    I think a lot of that “look” was due to the Devil’s Dandruff, which George was known to be partaking hardily of at the time.

  16. MarkZapp says:

    In “Living in the Material World” you don’t see Paul and George posing together for photos in the brief clip shown. That clip blew my mind. This makes it look much more humane, the relationship towards each other. They could still smile for a photo together. I was lucky enough to see George in concert in Philadelphia that same month-2 days before this!!! John not showing up was unforgivable. Show your best friends some respect, man.

  17. stephenmcg says:

    The signing of the papers is the end of the Beatles as a unit which doesnt automatically mean they dislike each other as people.Anyway John absent re stars ,what about the drummer,where was he?

  18. Kwai Chang says:

    Ringo’s spaceship may have been delayed
    (L.A. traffic…Nilsson co-pilot)

  19. anonymoustill says:

    Thought Rings was avoiding NYC to avoid potential legal troubles?

  20. mcarp555 says:

    My understanding is that Ringo had already signed the documents back in England; his lawyer was at the meeting, and supposedly he was on the phone at one point as well.

  21. anonymoustill says:

    I knew Ringo had signed already but thought he did it to avoid going to NY. Something to do with Klein, perhaps? Can’t recall the details as I write. I’ve read various accounts of how P & G reacted to John’s no show. Seems to run the full spectrum of either or both being quite perturbed to either or both taking it in stride. Seems more certain George was peeved given what happened between John & George shortly thereafter.

  22. Bill Connors says:

    Is the photo of John signing at Disney online somewhere ?

  23. mcarp555 says:

    I believe it’s published in May Pang’s book ‘Instamatic Karma’.

  24. Bill Connors says:

    Is it ONLINE anywhere ?

  25. Erin says:

    @anonymoustill I think May Pang has details about this in her “Loving John” book; according to her, George was absolutely livid at John’s no-show, but Paul took it in stride.

  26. “Then there was the time when we had all arrived for the big dissolution meeting in the Plaza Hotel in New York. There were green-baize tables–like the Geneva Conference it was–with millions of documents laid out for us to sign. George had just come off tour, I’d flown in specially from England, Ringo had flown in specially, too, I think, and. . . John wouldn’t show up! He wouldn’t come from across the park! George got on the phone, yelled, “Take those fucking shades off and come over here, you!” John still wouldn’t come over. He had a balloon delivered with a sign saying, LISTEN TO THIS BALLOON. It was all quite far out.”

    Paul from the ’84 Playboy interview

    Think i read somewhere that Paul suggested to John on speakerphone to the effect of ‘it’s over Johnny, the band’s finished’ etc., but I cant remember where. Really doubt John’s behavior didn’t annoy Paul as well.

  27. anonymoustill says:

    Hi Erin & Johnny. I think the Goldman book has both of them livid. Accounts vary.

    I know I’d be mad. John’s ambivalence regarding the split in private was as considerable as how stridently he talked about the inevitability of it all in public. Anyone else ever regard the dichotomy of his feelings about the split vs. whom he was with?

  28. Hi Anonymoustill. The Plaza thing was so Rutles-like it seems so absurd even now. I’ve often wondered what John’s motive was here: trying to be controlling, or maybe Yoko or Klein in the backround pulling his strings? Who knows.

  29. Kwai Chang says:

    Maybe John caught himself off guard
    when he realized legal finalization would be
    the end of his pro-split leverage.
    “Oops…I got my wish”

    He would have made more sense had he just claimed
    “I don’t know what I want but I want it now!!!”

  30. Nick D. says:

    IDK This whole mess was just simply sad for it to end like this.

  31. good call kwai. during the 70’s we were all hoping they’d reunite, i did too. but even if they did it seems like incidents at the Plaza suggest they could not have stayed together that long. like george once said, way too many huge, out of control egos for 1 group to sustain.

  32. Zander says:

    The reason George was so jittery and wanting to speed things up etc was because he was worried Allen Klein was going to serve him with a writ whilst he was there, that’s why you see him rushing down the stairs etc

  33. MarkZapp says:

    The 1970’s Beatles could not be the 1960’s Beatles. Even their last couple of years together they were barely hanging on. As much as we would all have loved a reunion in the period I don’t think it would have been the same.

  34. Ken Wood says:

    That rushing down the stairs footage is from the same event? I always imagined it to be some lunatic home-footage from Friar park.

  35. Vitor Bastos says:

    Yes it is Ken, the same day

  36. Tammy says:

    Oh, i thought the running down the stairs was the backstage post concert runner?.

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