Het gratis concert op het dak van het Apple-gebouw niet meegeteld, is het vandaag 55 jaar geleden dat het laatste concert van The Beatles heeft plaatsgevonden. Met name in Candlestick Park (San Francisco).

Only 25,000 tickets were sold despite the fact that Candlestick Park has a capacity for 42,500 people (the tour was plagued with backlash regarding the controversy of John Lennon’s remarks about Christianity). A local company called Tempo Productions was in charge of the arrangement and due to the low ticket sales and other expenses this concert resulted in a loss for them. At 9:27pm the Beatles finally took the stage and proceeded to play eleven songs: “Rock And Roll Music”, “She’s A Woman”, “If I Needed Someone” (the first- and only – Harrison composition the group performed live), “Day Tripper”, “Baby’s In Black”, “I Feel Fine”, “Yesterday”, “I Wanna Be Your Man”, “Nowhere Man”, “Paperback Writer” and “Long Tall Sally”. So none of the songs from the group’s most recent LP, Revolver, released only days before the start of the tour on 5 August 1966, were performed, nor was the group’s concurrent US single, “Eleanor Rigby”/”Yellow Submarine“. Knowing that this would be their last concert, members of the band took measures of their own to capture their last moments on stage. Each brought a camera and McCartney asked Beatles’ press agent Tony Barrow to successfully make a rough audio tape recording from the field. The recording of this final concert is now widely circulated on bootlegs (zie bovenstaande foto). “Long Tall Sally” on the bootlegs is not complete, as Barrow did not flip the tape over during the show then the song was cut off. Barrow gave the original tape of the Candlestick Park concert to McCartney. He also made a single copy, which was kept in a locked drawer in Barrow’s office desk. The Beatles were quickly taken to the airport in an armoured car. They flew from San Francisco to Los Angeles, arriving at 12.50am. During the flight George Harrison was heard to exclaim: “That’s it, then. I’m not a Beatle anymore.” (Wikipedia)

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