Sir Paul McCartney recalls The Beatles smoking weed with Bob Dylan in the 1960s in the Uncut interview
“That was the first night we got stoned!” Sir Paul McCartney claims Bob Dylan introduced The Beatles to weed in the 1960s, while recalling Ringo Starr thought the ‘ceiling moved’
Paul McCartney recalls the first time The Beatles ever smoked weed and revealed they were introduced to it by none other than Bob Dylan.
The singer, 78, is one of many artists to pay tribute to Bob as the legendary musician celebrates his 80th birthday next month.
Speak against Uncut magazine for their June issue, Paul recounted how he and his bandmates smoked with Bob in New York City in 1964, with Ringo Starr believing the “ceiling moved” after taking a puff.
In retrospect: Paul McCartney recalls the Beatles’ first time ever smoked weed and revealed it was with none other than Bob Dylan
Memories: The singer, 78, is one of many performers to pay tribute to Bob (pictured) as the legendary musician celebrates his 80th birthday next month
He said, “It was at the Delmonico Hotel on Park Avenue and 59th in New York City in August 1964. We were in a hotel room, all of us good old guys drinking our whiskey and Coke – it was an after party, I guess.
Dylan arrived and entered the bedroom with his roadie. Ringo came along to see what was going on. So he finds Dylan, while he’s rolling, and he’s got a hit.
‘He came back in and we said,’ How was it? So Ringo says, ‘The ceiling is going down a little …’
‘We all ran into the back room and said,’ Give us a little, give us a little! So that was the very first night we ever got stoned! ‘
Memories: Paul related how he and his bandmates smoked with Bob in New York City in 1964 (The Beatles pictured in 1963)
Considered one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Bob has a career spanning more than 50 years after reaching fame in the early 1960s.
The Beatles, made up of Paul, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon, found fame in the same decade and became the best-selling music act of all time.
Sir Paul released the new album McCartney III in December, having written and recorded it during lockdown earlier this year.
In a BBC chat with actor Idris Elba, the crooner admitted that he ‘didn’t realize’ what he was creating when he did it.
Paul said, “Dylan arrived and he entered the bedroom with his roadie. Ringo came along to see what was going on. So he finds Dylan rolling, and he’s got a puff ‘
He said: ‘[In] lockdown everyone cleared their closets and did whatever they wanted to do. So [making an album] was my equivalent.
‘I wasn’t trying to make an album. So suddenly I had these 10 songs, I thought, what am I going to do with them? It was only the 10 because I didn’t know I was making an album. ‘
Paul went on to explain why he called his album McCartney III, saying, “I realized that since I played them myself, I had done McCartney I and McCartney II in the same vein, that this would be McCartney III. So then it was like, okay, I understand what I’m doing now. ‘
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He added: ‘We all ran into the back room,’ Give us a little, give us a little! So that was the very first night we ever got stoned! (The full interview is in the June issue of Uncut magazine)