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1970At one of the band's last concerts, in Boston, Doors frontman Jim Morrison asks the audience if they'd like to see something of his "that rhymes with 'sock,'" and then, more bluntly, screams "Would you like to see my genitals?" The power in the stadium is switched off, and keyboardist Ray Manzarek pulls the singer, already facing similar charges from a Miami gig, off the stage.
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To promote the album McCartney, which was released a week later, Paul doesn't do any press, but instead releases a Q&A where he answers many questions about the album, but more importantly, discusses the future of The Beatles.
The key passages:
Q: "Is this album a rest away from the Beatles or the start of a solo career?"
McCartney: "Time will tell. Being a solo album means it's 'the start of a solo career... and not being done with the Beatles means it's just a rest. So it's both."
Q: "Is your break with the Beatles temporary or permanent, due to personal differences or musical ones?"
McCartney: "Personal differences, business differences, musical differences, but most of all because I have a better time with my family. Temporary or permanent? I don't really know."
Q: "Do you foresee a time when Lennon-McCartney becomes an active songwriting partnership again?"
The Beatles haven't been active in months, with all four members of the group working on solo projects. Still, there has been no official announcement of their demise, so when McCartney makes these statements, it's seen as the first admission that the end has come. The press distills the statements into headlines like "Paul quits the Beatles," and word spreads fast, driving the wedge between McCartney and the other Beatles even deeper.
The Beatles never regroup, and later in the year their business partnership is legally dissolved.