The police officer who interrupted the Beatles’ last concert on January 30, 1969, is satisfied with the way he handled the situation.
Ray Shayler was a 25-year-old police officer with three years of experience when he led a team of four cops to investigate reports of a disturbance at the Beatles headquarters in Savile Row in London – as reported seen in Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s documentary film in 1970. So be it and Peter Jacksonthe new series of To recover.
He was unaware that Lindsay-Hogg was expecting a police presence and installed a two-way mirror in the lobby of the building to follow the proceedings. Some of the Apple Corps rooftop cameramen were also ordered to film the officers in action.
“I wouldn’t say I was a fan,” Shayler told the Daily mail in a new interview. “I didn’t like the Beatles very much when they were a bit Hare Krishna, but we had a few Beatles records and LPs at home. I liked their music. But when I got up on the roof I had a job to do and I was like, “Well, we have to try to stop this. ”
When he arrived, Shayler said the band members “kinda looked at us and just carried on with what they were doing.” He spoke to road manager Mal Evans, telling him “that although I enjoyed what they were doing, it couldn’t happen anymore as it amounted to a breach of the peace.”
Shayler asked Evans “how long this lasted. He said, ‘One more record’, so I said, ‘You might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb. Keep up with that one, and then he stops. It was a discussion, he never heated up.
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Shayler also recalled the reactions he received from The Beatles as they left at the end of the performance.
“George [Harrison] and Jean [Lennon] didn’t speak to us, but there was a reason for that, ”he said. “They had recently been caught with cannabis or something and were out on bail. It was in the papers. Paul [McCartney] apologized for the concert and Ringo [Starr] joked about it all saying, ‘Don’t handcuff me!’ ”
Now 77 and retired, Shayler said the incident was so low-key he “didn’t even put a pen to paper to record it.” He said he doesn’t “think I let myself down in the way I handled the situation, but I look pretty harsh. … I blame the helmet.
“Someone asked me how I felt being the man who quit the Beatles gig – but I wouldn’t say that was true,” Shayler added. “I didn’t stop The Beatles. I just suggested it would be a good idea if they didn’t continue. If The Beatles had gotten upset or were determined to keep going, things might have been different. But that wasn’t the way we worked back then, and I always tried to solve problems without stopping people.
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