He didn’t “Get Again” — and wound up ending the Fab 4’s final dwell gig.
The teenage police officer who shut down the Beatles’ famed rooftop live performance is lastly opening up concerning the incident greater than a half-century later.
“It was simply work, and it’s blown up into all this,” former London Metropolitan Police constable Ray Dagg, now 72, told the Sunday Times of London.
“It’s ridiculous, I simply don’t perceive it.”
Dagg was a cool-and-collected 19-year-old on Jan. 30, 1969 when he was summoned to deal with complaints about noise coming from the roof of the Beatles’ Apple Data headquarters at 3 Savile Row in London.
That was the day John, Paul, George and Ringo determined to carry out a 42-minute set that included hits like “Get Again,” “Don’t Let Me Down” and “I Acquired a Feeling,” joined by celebrated American keyboardist Billy Preston.
After fielding dozens of complaints, Dagg and different bobbies have been compelled to finish what would grow to be the final dwell efficiency by the world’s most well-known band.
“We’ve had 30 complaints at West Finish Central in minutes,” Dagg mentioned in a video clip from his encounter with Beatles street supervisor Mal Evans. “Flip the PA off and we’ll see what occurs.”
The rooftop efficiency, and Dagg’s involvement, has resurfaced with the discharge of “Get Again,” Peter Jackson’s eight-hour documentary sequence now streaming on Disney+.
A local of London’s Chelsea neighborhood, Dagg has been inundated with Fb buddy requests and requires interviews. An American Reddit member even painted him in watercolor, The Occasions reviews.
His risk to arrest the band and their supervisor was a “bluff,” he instructed the outlet, including he doesn’t remorse his position in rock historical past.
“Effectively, at the moment, I didn’t know that they might by no means play collectively once more,” Dagg mentioned. “At the very least there’s one thing on a movie someplace that can perpetually present that PC Ray Dagg shut down the Beatles.
“If that’s my lasting picture of life, if that’s what folks keep in mind me for, that’s not dangerous. Hundreds, hundreds of thousands of individuals don’t get remembered in any respect.”
Dagg, who left the Metropolitan Police six years after the incident, mentioned he’s by no means really owned a Beatles album, preferring as an alternative the American duo Simon & Garfunkel.