The iconic London venue reveal comical historic dispute with the band
The Royal Albert Hall’s attempt at an April Fool’s Day joke involved posting photographs on their website of “newly discovered documents” revealing a “furious” dispute between The Beatles and the iconic London venue.
The letters “discovered deep under the Royal Albert Hall” document correspondence from 1967 between the Hall’s then chief executive Mr. Ernest O’Follipar (the surname being an anagram of ‘April Fool’) and The Beatles.
In a letter to The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, fictional head O’Follipar claims lyrics from the band’s ‘A Day In The Life’ which mention the Royal Albert Hall could be “potentially catastrophic to our reputation”.
— Royal Albert Hall (@RoyalAlbertHall) April 1, 2015
The Royal Albert Hall even went to the trouble of forging a reply from John Lennon, which reads “We won’t be changing the lyrics, as we like them just the way they are. “
The 1967 single came out on top of a poll of music’s biggest names with Beatles producer George Martin and Pete Townshend of The Who both opting for the song as their favourite as well as members of Hot Chip and Palma Violets.
Other artists polled to create the list of 100 songs include Dave Grohl, Julian Lennon, The Vaccines, Suede, Nile Rodgers, The Libertines, Noel Gallagher, Matt Bellamy of Muse, The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Royal Blood, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner, Johnny Marr and Run The Jewels.