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55 years on from The Beatles’ final-ever public concert

55 years on from The Beatles’ final-ever public concert

55 years on from The Beatles’ final-ever public concert
August 30
11:42 2021

By 1966, as Beatlemania was whipped up beyond a frenzy and had now become an integrated part of the pop culture fabric, The Beatles knew that their touring days were coming to an end as the dangers of being John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr seemed closer than ever. If they weren’t being pelted with their favourite sweets, the group were being figuratively and literally chased down every street they went down.

The band, who had just endured a harrowing string of tour dates in Asia, a tour which had turned nasty in the Philippines after a handshake mishap, were forced to quickly put their issues behind them and hit the road again for a U.S. tour the following month. “We’re going to have a couple of weeks to recuperate before we go and get beaten up by the Americans,” George Harrison joked as John Lennon caused national chaos by apparently claiming that The Beatles were bigger than Jesus.

Lasting a total of 19 performances, with 17 shows in American venues and two in Canada, The Beatles’ fourth U.S. tour began in the summer of ’66 and, eventually, resulted in the Fab Four finally calling time on their extensive time on the road, after all, the group had been perennially bouncing across the maps of the world since the beginning of the decade.

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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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