November 23, 1985     Article



‘Fab Four’ re-form – new album due

The Beatles

The Beatles as they were – in 1964

Yes, it’s true. Fifteen years after they split up pop legends The Beatles are set to reform. And work on a new album is already underway.

Surviving members of the most successful pop group in the history of the world have consistently denied rumours that the band had been planning a comeback. But it now seems certain that the best selling artists ever in the history of popular music will soon be back in business.


The mastermind behind the move is Johnny Johnson, a Liverpool based plumber and life long fan of the fab four. He spoke to us from a recording studio in London where work has already begun on a new Beatles L.P.

“It just seemed right after all this time that the band should get together again”, he told us.

“Obviously there were problems, and bearing in mind the sad loss of John Lennon there was a need for a new guitarist and songwriter. The obvious choice was John’s son Julian, but with him living in the States there was going to be transport problems.

Luckily a friend of mine plays guitar so I asked him if he would do the  job”.

Unfortunately none of the remaining Beatles, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were interested and so Johnson had to recruit a further three musicians before rehearsals could begin.

“I decided to do the singing myself so I really only needed another two”, he explained.


“I put an ad. in the Liverpool Echo and pot fixed up with a drummer straight away. He knew a bass player who wasn’t working so we signed him up and started rehearsing for the new L.P.”

Although the album isn’t due out until next year, recording and writing are already well under way.

“All the material on the album is going to be new stuff, and I can already see a change in musical direction beginning to come through,” Johnny told us.

“The old stuff still stands the tests of time, but there’s a lot of new ideas coming through and I think a few of our fans might be pleasantly surprised with the results.”

If you were too young to catch The Beatles first time round, you’ll have a chance to see them on their comback tour which will be timed to coincide with the release of their new album. The L.P., which is due in the shops by mid-1986, is provisionally titled ‘Strawberry Roads Tomorrow’.

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