The BEATLES – ” The Rooftop Concert ” January 30th 1969

Posted: January 30, 2015 in MUSIC
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“I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition” – John Lennon

Trying to come up with a conclusion for the film, “Let It Be”, it was suggested that the band play an unannounced lunchtime concert on the roof of the Apple building. On 30th January, The Beatles with Billy Preston played on the rooftop in the cold wind for 42 minutes, about half of which ended up in the film. The Beatles started with a rehearsal of “Get Back,” then played the five songs which are shown in the film. After repeating “I’ve Got a Feeling” and “Don’t Let Me Down,” takes which were left out of the film, the Beatles are shown in the film closing with another pass at “Get Back” as the police arrive to shut down the show. The Apple building concert was the first live gig since The Beatles stopped touring 29. August 1966 (tired of screaming girls and not able to hear themselves through the screams) and it was to be their last. It’s a fantastic show, sweet and short, really makes us long for more. It gives us a glimpse of what could have been, and it shows us what a magnificent live band they were.

The songs performed in the Rooftop concert, Apple building:

Get Back (5 versions)
I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
Don’t Let Me Down (2 versions)
I’ve Got A Feeling
One After 909
Danny Boy (in between the main songs)
Dig A Pony (2 versions)
God Save The Queen (incompl.)
A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody (between main songs)

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