17 AUGUST, 1962
: MAJESTIC BALLROOM, BIRKENHEAD, CHESHIRE (EVENING), TOWER BALLROOM, NEW BRIGHTON (NIGHT)
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Left to right: Pete Best,Lennon,Delbert,Bruce,Paul and George
Pete Best’s final performance as a Beatle
. Brian had broken the news to Pete two days earlier, John called the Beatles’ first choice, Ringo Starr, at Butlin’s Holiday Camp in Skegness, where he was performing with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. Starr quit the Hurricanes within days and returned to Liverpool.
18 AUGUST, 1962
: HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY DANCE, HULME HALL, WIRRAL, CHESHIRE
After two hours of rehearsal, Ringo appeared with John, Paul and George for the first time as an official member of the Beatles. At the Cavern Club the next day, the group faced angry fans who shouted “We want Pete!”. George got a black eye in the ensuing scuffle.
9-31 MARCH, 1963
: TOMMY ROE
AND CHRIS MONTEZ TOUR (TWENTY-ONE SHOWS)
This tour included the Beatles, the Viscounts, Debbie Lee, Tony Marsh and the Terry Young Six. After the first night, the billing was changed to put the Beatles at the top.
18 MAY - 9 JUNE, 1963: UK TOUR (TWENTY-ONE SHOWS)
The UK tour features Roy Orbison
, Gerry and the Pacemakers, David MacBeth, Louis Cordet, Julie Grant, Ian Crawford, the Terry Young Six and Tony Marsh.
FIRST AMERICAN TOUR
On this tour, the Beatles performed with Jackie De Shannon, the Righteous Brothers, the Bill Black Combo
and the Exciters.
19 AUGUST, 1964: COW PALACE, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
11 SEPTEMBER, 1964: GATOR BOWL, JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
16 SEPTEMBER, 1964: CITY PARK STADIUM, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
SECOND AMERICAN TOUR
These bands toured with the Beatles: the King Curtis Band
, Cannibal and the Headhunters, Brenda Holloway and Sounds Incorporated.
15 AUGUST, 1965: SHEA STADIUM, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
With 55,600 in attendance, this was, at the time, the largest crowd ever assembled for a concert in the US. The show was filmed for a TV documentary, which was first broadcast on 1 March, 1966.
17 AUGUST, 1965: MAPLE LEAF GARDENS, TORONTO, ONTARIO
18 AUGUST, 1965: ATLANTA STADIUM, ATLANTA, GEORGIA
THIRD AMERICAN TOUR
The Ronettes and the Cyrkle accompanied the Beatles on this tour.
The third American tour was the last straw for the Beatles as a touring band. An interview published in Britain without incident five months earlier, was picked up by a US teen magazine called Datebook
. In it, John was quoted quite accurately: “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink… we’re more popular than Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.”
The furor in America, particularly in the south
, was dramatic. Radio stations banned Beatles music, churches sponsored record burnings, record stores stopped reordering and newspapers went out of their way to condemn John, Paul, George and Ringo as individuals. At press conferences John was inundated with demands for an apology. When he tried to explain, he was shouted down. (The government of South Africa even went so far as to ban the broadcast of Beatle records in response to John’s comments. His solo records are banned there to this day.)
The Beatles were also physically threatened, most notably by the Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan.
When a firecracker exploded onstage during the Memphis concert
, each Beatle looked around to see who had been shot. It was clearly time for the madness to end.
For some time thereafter, John seemed to take pleasure in rubbing salt in the wounds, proclaiming “they’re gonna crucify me” in the “The Ballad Of John And Yoko”. Years later, however, he expressed gratitude for some of the more thoughtful reactions he received. “Lots of people sent me books about Jesus,” he relates in Hunter Davies’ biography, The Beatles. “I read a lot of them and found out things… I don’t know. All I know is that I am being made more aware by it all. I just want to be told more.”
19 AUGUST, 1966: MID-SOUTH COLISEUM, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
THIS IS A SUPERB ARTICLE DESCRIBING THE BEATLES IN ATLANTA
ON AUGUST 18, 1965