Wednesday, January 30, 2013

44 years ago today, The Beatles performed their final concert (with concert video)

By Jack Brummet, Music Editor

Today is the anniversary of the last live public concert by The Beatles.  On Jan. 30, 1969, The Beatles played on the roof of the Apple Organization building in London. The performance was to be included in Michael Lindsey-Hogg's "Let It Be"[1] -- a documentary about the iconic band.  The word from insiders is that the film will not be released in Paul or Ringo's lifetimes.

[1] According to, the 1970 documentary reveals deep tensions among the band.  The film depicts "Paul, Ringo and the late John Lennon and George Harrison - shortly before their break-up, and insiders at the band's record company, Apple, claim the two surviving members do not want it re-released."

"A source said: 'There has been talk of 'Let It Be' finally being released but now there has been a change of heart. The Beatles are still a massive global brand and it's felt it won't be helped if the public sees the darker side of the story.'

"Neither Paul nor Ringo would feel comfortable publicising a film showing The Beatles getting on each other's nerves."

"George Harrison took exception to Paul criticising his guitar playing, while John Lennon appeared disinterested during the entire process - preferring to spend his time with his wife Yoko Ono.
Although the LP was their final release, the group were so disappointed with "Let It Be" they recorded masterpiece "Abbey Road" afterwards and released it before the much-maligned record.

The source added to Britain's Daily Express newspaper: "People like to imagine The Beatles were a happy ship but the reality towards the end was very different as this film shows. There's all sorts of extra footage showing more squabbles but it's unlikely it will ever see the light of day in Paul and Ringo's lifetime."

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