Beatles At The Olympics? Don’t Hold Your Breath

The rumor mill has been cranking out a big one this week – A Beatles reunion at the 2012 London Olympics.

Apparently the latest Beatles rumor has its roots in London’s The Sun, which claimed organizers were trying to get surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to perform together at the Olympics opening ceremony. Citing a recent McCartney appearance on U.S. television, the paper quoted Macca as answering a question about the Olympics by saying, “I hear there’s a rumour that I might be involved,” and following up the answer with “I hear they’re planning this sort of music.”

The Sun also suggested that John Lennon and George Harrison might be represented by their kids.

However, Julian Lennon, Lennon’s son with his first wife, Cynthia Lillian Powell, says it ain’t gonna happen, stating the obvious reasons.

“There will never be a Beatles reunion, because two of the members of the band have since passed … And no one could, or should try to replace them … End of … x,” Lennon wrote on his Facebook page.

Evidently McCartney and Starr have also dissed the rumors. According to an article on, McCartney referred to Beatles reunion talk as “tabloid stuff” while Starr’s representative said, “This is not true.”

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Performing on the CBS "Ed Sullivan Show" in New York.

But will the rebuttals put an end to the current Beatles reunion rumors? Probably not. After all, the Brit tabloids still need to publish something tomorrow, and it’s pretty much a proven fact that Beatles stories, even the wildest rumors, are still guaranteed to sell newspapers.