Era la primavera del 1965, e Lennon, assieme a George Harrison e alle rispettive mogli Cynthia e Pattie Boyd, erano stati invitati a cena a casa dell’amico dentista John Riley a Londra. Senonché quest’ultimo, assieme alla ragazza Cindy Bury, a fine cena, offrì agli ospiti, a loro insaputa, un caffè “corretto” con l’LSD. Quando le coppie finirono il loro caffè, Ridley confessò a Lennon che le zollette di zucchero che avevano usato contenevano LDS, una nuova droga potente con incredibili effetti allucinogeni.
Lennon disse: “How dare you fucking do this to us!“, mentre George ricorda che in quella occasione “The dentist said something to John, and John turned to me and said, ‘We’ve had LSD.’ I just thought, ‘Well, what’s that? So what? Let’s go!’“.
Cynthia Lennon fu molto più sensibile all’evento, a proposito del quale ricorda: “It was as if we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of a horror film, the room seemed to get bigger and bigger...”.
“This fella was still asking us to stay,” George ha continuato, “and it all became a bit seedy, it felt as if he was trying to get something happening in his house; that there was some reason he didn’t want us to go. I think he thought that there was going to be a big gang bang, and that he was going to get to shag everybody. I really think that was his motive.”
Fatto sta che i due Beatles e le loro mogli schizzarono via dalla casa di John Riley per rifugiarsi all’Ad Lib Club, dove l’acido continuò a salire. Come Lennon ha ricordato, “We were just insane. We were just out of our heads. We all thought there was a fire in the lift, but it was just a little red light, and we were all screaming, all hot and hysterical!”
Mentre John stava letteralmente dando i numeri, George ebbe un’esperienza completamente differente. “I had such an overwhelming feeling of well-being, that there was a God, and I could see him in every blade of grass,” disse “It was like gaining hundreds of years of experience in 12 hours.”
La notte fini a casa di George in Esher, dove John cominciò a riconsiderare il suo atteggiamento verso l’acido. “God, it was just terrifying, but it was fantastic, George’s house seemed to be just like a big submarine,” disse. Qualche mese più tardi, durante il secondo tour dei Beatles negli USA, John e George decisero di assumere di nuovo l’LSD durante la loro tappa per Los Angeles…
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