Paul Weller is “glad” the Beatles broke up when they did.
The 55-year-old rocker insisted the legendary band – which broke up in 1970 amid infighting with the band – would have ‘tarnished’ their legacy had they continued for much longer and doesn’t think that he would be. regarded as highly as they are now.
Reflecting on seeing ‘Let It Be’ in theaters when he was 12, he said: ‘I was so overwhelmed seeing the Beatles on the big screen, playing the rooftop session and all that. So, for me, just seeing them perform live on that screen was mind-blowing.
“It was supposed to be depressing to see them not get along, but I didn’t notice any of that until years later.
“Personally, I’m glad they broke up when they did. Can you imagine the Beatles in the 80s, doing synthpop with a DX7? Holy shit.
And on the suggestion that his own Style Council might have split a bill with them at Live Aid, he told Uncut magazine: “And that would have been shocking! They would have tarnished their legacy and we wouldn’t have spoken of them in such glowing terms all these years later.
Meanwhile, the former Jam frontman admitted he fondly remembers the years he first went solo, despite his relative lack of success.
He said: “I look back quite fondly on that era. It made me realize that I actually like not being successful. The world doesn’t just end, you know?
“We went to America lots of times. I hadn’t been to LA in years and years, so we flew in and did five nights in a row.
“We had this brilliant gay mod following following us around the West Coast on scooters. They looked f****** amazing. God bless them, it was awesome.