The Beatles catalog is finally available for streaming across all major providers from Spotify to Apple Music and everything in between, which will definitely expose their music to a new audience as well as their current fans. The Fab Four first captivated the American audience through their live performances, so we thought it would be fun to revisit 5 of these most iconic shows and concerts!
1. The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show – February 9th, 1964
The event that truly announced that Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr had arrived in America. Having already placed 3 albums and 2 singles on the U.S. charts with fans not knowing much about them, over 73 million people tuned in to finally see what all the hype from across the pond was. Check out this clip of them performing “I Want To Hold Your Hand”
2. The Beatles Live at Shea Stadium – August 15th, 1965
With Beatles hysteria in full swing, this concert at the home of the New York Mets was attended by over 55,000 people, then a record for The Fab Four. Made into a documentary, a lot of their performances had to be re-dubbed or completely rerecorded again due to the amount of yelling and screaming from the The Beatles fans!
3. The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl – August 29th & 30th, 1965
The Beatles actually performed at the Hollywood Bowl the previous year, and these three dates were used for their live album The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl which was released in 1977. Here they are performing “All My Loving”
4. The Beatles at Candlestick Park – August 29th, 1966
The concert in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park would officially mark the end of The Beatles touring. A lot of fans did not know this, but the members knew this would be their last tour stop, so they made sure to record and photograph this historic moment themselves and with a little help from their friends. You can still how loud the fans were in this audio recording of “Day Tripper”
5. Apple Rooftop Performance – January 30th, 1969
Even though their last performance was 3 years prior, The Beatles decided to have one last impromptu show on top of the Apple (the group’s record label they founded..not the “other” Apple) building for their film “Let It Be.” The last time John, Paul, George & Ringo all performed together was shut down by the police, which only added to this group’s everlasting legacy. Here they are playing their final performance of “Don’t Let Me Down”