I’ve met my share of Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) who don’t like The Beatles or think they are overrated so it was refreshing and gratifying to read the comments by two members of Imagine Dragons who met and performed “Revolution” last year while Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were in the audience.
Dan Reynolds said it was the most nervous he’s ever been performing. Here are some comments from the piece that appeared on Medium.com.
I felt like I was just going to throw up onstage. It was incredibly nerve-wracking. You know you’re never going to do the song justice at all. No matter what you say or do there’s instant regret. Ringo came up after and he went in for the huge hug. I was like “Whoa! Ringo’s going for the hug!” And then he kissed me on the cheek and told me he had our album and that he enjoyed it. I think everything just stopped in time. That was such a huge thing for me. I grew up listening to the Beatles with my dad. Just to meet them and to know that they’ve listened to something we’ve done… that was the greatest.
Bandmate Wayne Sermon had similar remarks to make about Paul McCartney.
I was able to shake his hand and talk to him for a little bit. He was confused but very gracious. For me, he’s not even a person—he’s a musical god. So to actually see him in person and know he’s an actual human being… it was insane. I’m not the kind of guy who gets super affected by the whole rock ‘n’ roll fame thing, but not that. I was very much a giddy schoolboy meeting his idol. I probably embarrassed myself a little bit. Honestly though, I didn’t even care.
I’m a boomer myself and I think it’s impossible to match the excitement everyone felt when they actually were making records, and what it was like to listen to Sgt. Pepper’s for the first time ever, over and over again. I will believe until I die that there was something magical about the group. Maybe it was the time or maybe it truly was that unique songwriting combination of Paul and John but, whatever it was, I think the group’s legacy will live on forever.
And as John once said, a lot of their music was about….love. And ain’t that something?
And by the way, here’s the original “Revolution” by the boys.