Hi everyone!! I live up here in "The Great White North". That's Canada for those of you who might not be too familiar. I'm 69 years old and I've been trying my best to play my guitar for the past 50 years, ever since I first heard "Run For Your Life". The best part about being 69 years old now, is that it made me, 10 when they were Quarrymen, 15 when they released "Love Me Do", 16 when a friend of mine, who had his transistor radio playing, while we were walking to school one day said, "listen to this!!" and he cranked up "She Loves You". I think my life might have changed that day. I saw them "Live!" at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto in '64 and '65. I just saw them, couldn't really hear them. My grandmother, who lived in Blackpool, sent me the "Twist and Shout" EP in '63. I've still got it. I went on a vacation with my parents to Blackpool in '65, when I was 18, and saw "HELP!" when it was newly released. I could go on and on, but I'll give you a break! Looking forward to digging deep into Beatles history. Pure genius! Their music will never die!
"I'm Happy Just To Dance With You"...............................Dave
Why don't you go into greater depth and detail about seeing the Beatles live? We'd love to hear about your experience.
I saw them in August 1966 in Memphis, TN. One of their very last concerts.
That was a long time ago, and my memory is.......is.....where was I? Ha! Well I don't remember a lot, but one thing does come through quite often. My mother worked in a bank, and one of her lady workmates said to her one day that her son had a ticket for the show, but couldn't make it because he was sick. What a shame! I hope he got better! At any rate, she asked my mom if she new anyone who would be interested in going, and well I guess you can imagine where I'm going with this. Poor guy. I felt so bad for him! I think that it might have been the first concert that I ever attended, and for sure, it was the biggest arena show I'd ever seen. I don't remember how long the show was, but I don't think it was very long. Even so, it was just one continuous scream! I never realized, until years later attending concerts, how minimal their stage set-up was. But it didn't matter. It didn't matter one little bit! I was on the main floor, just a bit off centre, in row LL. Rows A to Z were from the stage to centre ice. And rows AA to ZZ started after that. So I was 38 rows from the stage. Not too shabby! You had to stand on your chair for sure, and to just give you an idea as to how popular these 4 guys were, on one side of me was a young girl of about 14 or 15 years old, she was a complete basket case. And on the other side of me was an older woman, likely in her mid '50s. And everybody was screaming there fool heads off!! It was great! I remember Bobby Hebb had a song called "Sunny", released in 1966, and he opened one of the Beatles concerts that I saw, so maybe I saw shows in '65 and '66. Not sure. Like I said, it was a long time ago. Thinking back it was kind of surreal. You know?
I wish I could do it again. I saw Rain, they were great! I should try to see McCartney!.............................Dave
If you saw Bobby Hebb open for the Beatles, that would have been 1966. You probably saw the same tour I did. Also, there were other acts preceding the Beatles on the show: The Ronnettes, the Cyrcle, and the Remains. The Remains backed up the Ronnettes. And maybe Hebb. Can't remember.
And the girls were screaming, crying, etc. Not to be a male chauvinist pig or anything, but the word "hysterectomy" comes from the word "hysteria." Or maybe I am. Sorry.
Hey Dave, I found this clip of The Boys performing at the International Amphitheatre on August 12th, 1966. However, the sound is synced from their performance at Maple Leaf Gardens on August 17th, 1966. So it must have been 1966 when you saw them. Hope it brings back some happy memories although the sound (very poor as it is) is probably better than what you heard! A few images too!
I don't think the lower ones are from 1966. If they are, they are not from the August final tour. George and John had replaced their Gretsches and Rickenbacker with Epiphone Casinos, George had replaced his old-style Rickenbacker 360-12 (Squared edges with binding) with a new-style 360-12 (streamlined-looking rounded edges), and John was wearing lightly tinted sunglasses.
Paul was still using his Hofner on stage.
My brother more recently stated that he was disappointed that they had changed guitars to the Epiphones.
Those are some great pictures Arthur. In that picture of the front entrance to The Gardens, I'm pretty sure that's me in the middle, up by the door. At least that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it! Maple Leaf Gardens is still standing, and is considered a historic site, although Loblaws Companies of Canada, in partnership with Ryerson University, purchased it, and did a major interior renovation while retaining almost 100% of the exterior of the building. There's shopping facilities, and restaurants etc., an athletic centre, and also a new NHL size hockey rink, although seating has been dramatically reduced for much smaller hockey exhibitions. I'm not sure, but I don't believe that there is any concert productions at the building any longer. I'm quite pleased that they saved this important piece of Toronto history, and when I occasionally have the opportunity to drive by it, I have some great memories of going to hockey games with my dad back in the late '50s, and early '60s, and watching our Leafs trounce whoever happened to show up for a game. And also of course fond memories of The Beatles, right there in my hometown, and many many other concerts. The Who, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Alice Cooper, Chicago, Deep Purple, and on and on and on............
Thanks again Arthur for the memories................................Dave