While it was twenty years ago today that Sergeant Pepper taught a band to play, it was forty-four years ago yesterday that John, George, Paul, and Ringo packed up their touring gear.

Penny Shears, this one’s for you!

It was August 29th, 1966, Candlestick Park, San Francisco. The air was heavy with anticipation, but the sky was dark with secrets. While no fan knew exactly what they were about to witness, The Beatles had already decided it was to be their last concert. They were burnt out from the colossal Beatlemania that had swept the world – and they had only been touring for three years.

All in all, the statistics don’t add up to a rousing farewell: the concert only lasted thirty-three minutes (large thanks to technical difficulties); out of the 42,500 seats, only  25,000 will filled; and to top it off, the screaming fans were so loud, the band could not hear themselves sing.

While The Beatles retired to the studio for their remaining years together, their music never suffered. Some argue that the group dismissal of live performance allowed them to grow as musicians. Didn’t The Beatles miss performing to thousands of screaming, crying, slobbering girls? The concert hiatus lasted until January 30th, 1969, when the fearsome foursome climbed atop the Apple building and played an unannounced lunchtime concert to lucky passersby. This concert appears on the Let it Be film.

  • Check out these choice cuts from the Candlestick concert: “Yesterday,” “I Wanna be your Man,” and “Nowhere Man.”

[Source: O’NTD]

Comments (4)
  1. Eduardo Diaz says:

    The end of an era for sure, but The Beatles were, without their knowlegde, to embark, and take us along for the ride, into their most creative period yet. Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt Pepper, Magical Mistery Tour, The White Album, Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road and Let it be. It was a LONG AND WINDING ROAD for them..From THE QUERRYMEN to LONG JOHN AND THE SILVER BEETLES to The Beatles, they gave the world unforgettable melodies ( LET IT BE ) catchy tunes ( PLEASE, PLEASE ME ) songs of awareness ( REVOLUTION ), inner beauty ( YESTERDAY ) some of the most memorable love songs today ( SOMETHING ) and, individually, thought that this could be a better world for all of us I-M-A-G-I-N-E- that.

    When I put together my band, all I ever wanted was to be as big as Elvis……………………….John Winston ( Ono) Lennon

  2. oldies76 says:

    And rock & roll forever changed for the better!!

  3. Nora Harper says:

    Slobbering? I don’t think so. That wasn’t very nice.

  4. Rick Neuwirth says:

    Am I correct? Didn’t Bobby Hebb open for the Beatles that night?

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