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MELBOURNE, June 15, 1964


QUESTION: How do you feel about your responsibilities? I mean teenagers dwell on your every comment and action. Do you feel very responsible towards this?

PAUL: We never used to believe it. We used to open a magazine and it would say so-and-so doesn't drink, doesn't smoke. We just act normally and hope other people don't think we act funny.

QUESTION: I know you say you act normally, but how can you when you're getting so much money? Where everywhere you go people go so crazy you can't see anything.

JOHN: Normal in the environment that surrounds me.

QUESTION: John, you started in something called a skiffle group. Now, does this automatically grow what now is the Beatles or did this come about over a couple of years?

JOHN: Over a period of time. See, I met Paul first and he sort of joined us. Then George. It was just us three.

QUESTION: What did you think of the Adelaide reception?

PAUL: It was good.

QUESTION: Was it like anything you've ever had before?

BEATLES: No.

QUESTION: Do you think it was well conducted?

JOHN: Yes, everyone was well behaved.

QUESTION: Do you ever get the feeling that someone's going to knock you off or something?

PAUL: Nah.

QUESTION: How long do you rehearse a new number when making up a new song?

PAUL: Normally with new numbers we don't rehearse them until we record them.

QUESTION: John, I remember the launching of the careers of Frank Sinatra and Johnny Ray, Elvis Presley, but this to my mind is unprecedented by the fantastic buildup and publicity  and all the press agents. I'm not detracting in any way from the talent that you obviously have. How do you attribute to Brian Epstein and his public relations men? And how many are there to your knowledge?

JOHN: We've never had more than one PR guy and Brian's only got one to each client he's got. So they have their own and they don't work together. We've only ever had one. We didn't even have that one until about six months ago.

QUESTION: Do you think Brian Epstein is going to wave his magic wand sometime and include you as a fifth Beatle or a stand-in drummer for Ringo permanently?

JIMMY: That I don't know.

QUESTION: Have any of you ever been involved in any zany publicity stunts?

JOHN: No. We've never had to, actually.

PAUL: When we first started up we didn't have a manager or anything, so we sat around trying to think of them.

QUESTION: What would be your most exciting moments in show business?

GEORGE: I can't remember, there's so many ever since last September. Everything's been exciting. I think when we got to America and found that they'd gone potty on us. And when we'd got back to Britain last October we'd been touring Sweden and when this Beatlemania thing started. We hadn't heard about it because we were away. We just landed in London and everyone was there smashing the place up.

QUESTION: In your wildest dreams did you ever think you'd reach the state you have reached now?

JOHN: No. Nobody imagined anything like this.

QUESTION: What about your act tonight, at the Centennial Hall. How long will it last, your particular segment.

PAUL: Thirty minutes, each house.

QUESTION: Are you constantly changing your act?

JOHN: Well, depending on what city or state and which song is more popular. Sometimes we change the order.

QUESTION: What about when you played the Royal Variety Performance for Her Majesty? Same act as always?

PAUL: Yeah.

QUESTION: Do you get nervous before any shows?

JOHN: All of them.

QUESTION: Any trouble with the hordes of screaming fans outside the hotel. Do you sleep through all that sort of thing?

JOHN: They never stay out there all night screaming.

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