The Beatles Last Live Performance, 50 Years Ago Today

The Beatles' roof top live concert was the last public performance of the English rock group that took place on January 30, 1969.

The Beatles' roof top live concert was the last public performance of the English rock group the Beatles. On January 30, 1969, the band, with keyboardist Billy Preston, pleasantly surprised a central London office and fashion district with an unexpected music show from the roof of the band's multimedia corporate headquarters Apple Corps at 3 Savile Row. In a 42-minute long set, the Beatles performed nine takes of five tunes before the police ordered them to decrease the volume. Video footage from the performance was utilized in the 1970 documentary movie Let It Be .

While performing on the roof top only a couple of days after the recording of the song, the group played ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ immediately after two variations of 'Get Back’ which led directly into 'I’ve Got A Feeling’. Michael Lindsay-Hogg was once again directing a Beatles’ shoot. He and Paul met on a regular basis at the tail end of 1968, while Hogg was directing The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus , to talk about the filming of The Beatles’ session in January. When that fateful Thursday came around, the penultimate day of January would be the final time The Beatles actually performed with each other in front of any kind of spectators.

 

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