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The Beatles dodged death during road trip car crash terror

The Beatles dodged death during road trip car crash terror

In 1960, a time long before The Beatles had sold more than 500 million albums and dominated the music industry, the band were still building up their fanbase the old-fashioned hard way by gruelling tours across the country. Disaster struck one fateful evening when the band piled into a tour van to travel from London to Liverpool overnight. Paul McCartney explained how the band had gone on the road trip during the height of a snowstorm, and the conditions quickly became a deathtrap.

McCartney recalled: "We were in a terrible, big blizzard, going from London to Liverpool, which we always did. We'd be working in London and then drive back in the van, just the four of us with our roadie, who would be driving. And this was a blizzard. You couldn't see the road."

McCartney revealed how the van's windscreen had broken and the snowfall had left the van with no traction on the road: "At one point, it slid off and it went down an embankment. So it was 'Ahhh!' a bunch of yelling. We ended up at the bottom. It didn't flip, luckily, but so there we are, and then it's like: 'Oh, how are we going to get back up? We're in a van.' Because it was a slope that we've gone down. You couldn't just drive the van back up the slope."

With the temperature plummeting further, the van "out of commission," and no mobile phones, McCartney added that the roadie was left asking: "Oh my god, how am I going to get this?".

Ever the optimists, McCartney revealed the band came up with a motto to keep themselves positive in a hard time. He recalled: "We're all standing around in a little circle, and thinking, What are we going to do? And one of us said: 'Well, something will happen.' And I thought that was just the greatest. I love that, that's a philosophy. And it did."

After the band had found their positivity once again, McCartney explained they dug themselves out of the sticky situation they were in: "We sort of went up the bank, we thumbed a lift, we got the lorry driver to take us, and Mal, our roadie, sorted the van and everything.

"So that was kind of our career. And I suppose that's like how I ended up being a musician and a songwriter: 'Something will happen.' It's so stupid it's brilliant. It's great if you're ever in that sort of panic attack: 'Oh, my God,' or, 'Ahhh, what am I going to do?'"

He also noted that, since the band became stranded in the snow on the side of the road, he has told "quite a few people": "When you're in your darkest moments, just remember that incredibly intelligent Beatles quote: 'Something'll happen.'"

Interestingly enough, McCartney later became embroiled in a conspiracy surrounding a car crash.

In 1966 a vicious rumour began swirling that McCartney was actually dead. The legend went that the Beatle died in a car crash on November 9, 1966, but it was actually covered up by the rest of the band.

Who was the McCartney left in the band, you ask? Well, that was apparently a lookalike, to save the band from splitting up. In 1969 the speculation even got so bad McCartney was forced to address his own life. He told the press: "Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated."

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