This photo is taken at the airport in the Philippines when the Beatles were about to leave the country.
Some days before, they had missed a gig.
"Ringo remembers in The Beatles Anthology that the boys were just laying around, wondering why breakfast hadn’t been delivered. They called down; got no response. Hmmm. “So we put the TV on and there was a horrific TV show of Madame Marcos screaming, ‘They’ve let me down!’ There were all these shots with the cameraman focosing on empty plates and up into the little kid’s faces, all crying because the Beatles hadn’t turned up.” When the Beatles got downstairs they realised that all the headlines were calling for their hides, and that their security had vanished.
At the airport, things were truly hairy. In this photograph, Paul is josteled at passport control; the strain of what is happening shows on his face. On the tramac, Mal Evans, the Beatles’ longtime aide-de-camp, fell and was kicked.
Eventually, everybody got on the plane.
George suggested harsher reprisals: “If I had an atpmic bomb, I’d go over there and drop it on them.” He also said, “”we’re going to have a couple of weeks to recuperate before we go and get beaten up by the Americans.”
"I think the incident in Manila strengthened their solve to stop playing live," said Whitaker. There can be no doubt. John now sided with George: no more touring. And that was that."
- From LIFE magazine 2012