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“I belief, ‘Oh, God, this might maybe well furthermore perambulate in actuality disagreeable…’ I’m telling him that I’m succesful of’t endure in mind taking part in with him on a No. 1 file”: Earl Slick says he became too high to endure in mind meeting John Lennon in some unspecified time in the future of David Bowie’s Reputation recording session

The Beatles’ a long way-reaching and enduring impact has intended that the pop annals are plump of news of musicians’ shut to-non secular encounters with the Fab Four, however Earl Slick’s story of meeting John Lennon tops most of them – essentially because he has no recollection of it.

In early 1975, Slick had been working on and off with David Bowie and became known as into Electric Girl Studios for a session with Lennon on the discover that can well presumably change into Bowie’s 1975 hit Reputation.

Alternatively, in the sleek challenge of Guitar World, Slick – who like Bowie himself became indulging heavily in leisure drug exercise in the mid-’70s – explains that he has no memory whatsoever of his first contact with the Beatle. 

“It became [our first meeting], however I’m succesful of’t endure in mind it,” says the guitarist – who’s, inevitably, then asked if he became high on the time. 

“Effectively, yes, I became,” continues Slick. “[But] here’s so unfamiliar because John is my celebrated Beatle.”

That in itself is extremely the rock ‘n’ roll story, however as Slicks explains, it became severely compounded when, five years later, he got the call to work on Lennon’s obtain file, Double Tale

“Snappy-forward to 1980,” says Slick. “I became uncharacteristically nervous sooner than Double Tale started. I went in early on the first day. I belief if I’ll maybe well furthermore grab a cup of coffee and a smoke and proper sit down support… I got to the studio and no-one became there – with the exception of for John.”

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Put on the gap, Slick tells GW that – despite his nerves – he went over and said hi there.

“I launched myself, and his response became, ‘Why?’” remembers Slick. “Because to him, we already knew each totally different. And I said, ‘Effectively… I assign not endure in mind.’ 

“The second I said it, I belief, ‘Oh, God, this might maybe well furthermore perambulate in actuality disagreeable.’ He known as me to play on his file, and he’s who he’s, and I’m telling him that I’m succesful of’t endure in mind taking part in with him on a Number 1 file.”

Happily, Lennon took it smartly. “He belief it became hysterical,” says Slick. “It modified into fabricate of a joke in some unspecified time in the future of the recordings.’”

Indeed, Lennon became on correct fabricate in some unspecified time in the future of the sessions. 

“All of his guitar chops were there. His vocal chops were there. He became correct on the money,” says the guitarist. 

“Infrequently, Hugh [McCracken, the other guitarist] and I would originate taking part in a Beatles music, and John would perambulate, ‘Cut that shit out!’ It became in actuality silly.”

To learn Slick’s plump interview, wherein he remembers all the pieces from his time making Assign to Assign by to jamming with Whitesnake’s David Coverdale, and why it took a car explosion to reunite him with Bowie, compile the Will also simply 2024 challenge of Guitar World over at Magazines Impart.

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