Ringo Starr says The Beatles turned down a ‘crazy’ £200m reunion gig in 1976 because the bizarre warm-up act was a man wrestling a shark.
An 18ft Great White shark scuppered plans to for a £200million Beatles reunion show in 1976, according to Ringo.
Ringo said the iconic band was offered £50million – worth quadruple that in today’s money – to reunite five years after their breakup.
All four bandmates, including Paul McCartney and John Lennon, discussed the offer from showman Bill Sargent, despite the recent acrimonious split.
But the producer planned to have a wrestling match between a man and a shark as the warm-up act, something which put off the Fab Four.
Ringo told The Sunday Mirror: ‘We did talk one time. There was a crazy offer out there. ‘We called each other to see what we think. We decided not to do it because the opening act was a guy biting a shark. So we thought no.’
Ringo was speaking ahead of an online concert with Paul McCartney.
And he believes if the other two were still alive, a reunion would have taken place.
He said: ‘If John and George had not died there was surely a possibility of that. Paul and I are still on the road. John would have still been on the road. I don’t know about George. We’d still be doing what we love to do.’