Battle of the Bands, Part 5, Stones Surrender to the Beatles in Cleveland, perform "I Saw Her Standing There," as Pennance
As the battle raged for decades, with both bands suffering unspeakable tragedy (Brian Jones, John Lennon), the bloodshed just HAD to end. And end it did with Mick Jagger’s historic concession in Cleveland, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Mick, clearly disgusted at being forced to admit bitter defeat, inducted the Beatles, minus Paul McCartney (who apparently was too busy to witness Mick’s humiliation), in a ceremony of drunken revelry, and cheeky good humor. Watch this hilarious clip below…
My favorite part is seeing Mick’s unabashed, yet good-natured jealousy as he recounts the Beatles story. That’s actually not something to be underrated, as that jealousy fueled Mick Jagger to heights he probably never dreamed of attaining. It’s brilliant that Mick agreed to induct the Beatles into the Rock Hall, as he hung out with the Beatles a lot in the 60s. He was there in the early London club days, the early drug taking days, the Maharishi lectures, the “Day in the Life” recording party, and the “All You Need is Love” performance. He was an intimate eye-witness to a lot of the behind the scene Beatle madness, and you can tell by this great speech. He inducts the Beatles, but the only ones to show are George and Ringo. John, being dead at the time, had Yoko, Sean, and Julian represent his presence, while Paul is mysteriously absent. George, Ringo, and Yoko, all make subtle bitter jokes about Paul’s lack of being there, and its all actually quite hilarious, especially George. Sean also has a brilliant line as well…watch!
That was great, and yes, Paul’s presence was missed sorely, but so was John’s…After all, the Beatles would never really ever exist anymore without the four of them, so who cares. Imagine if he lived though? I guarantee they would have all come to this ceremony, and rocked the shit out of this joint. Instead we get Billy Joel, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, and Bruce Springsteen taking a shot at “I Saw Her Standing There.” Even with all that star power, it doesn’t come close to the power the original Beatles could have generated with just the four of them. Ah well, its still a fun and rollicking performance, with George again being the main cut up, giving the patented Beatle head shaking “wooo!” a move he probably hadn’t pulled in 25 years. It’s amazing, a perfect end to a glorious war, with the Beatles and the Stones coming together to agree that yes, we are all super gods enshrined in a museum of rock.