10 Heartbreaking Things You Didn't Know About The Beatles' Final Performance
By Sarah Norman | August 3, 2023
Everyone was on edge during rehearsals
Prepare to have your emotions stirred as we venture into the bittersweet and poignant details of The Beatles' final performance on that fateful day, January 30, 1969. Unearth the lesser-known heart-wrenching moments and hidden struggles that played out behind the scenes during this legendary performance, only three months after the release of their iconic White Album. Join us as we delve into the raw, intimate, and heartbreaking aspects of that historic day, shedding new light on the end of an era and the profound impact it had on the world of music. Get ready to discover a side of The Beatles' final moments that will forever change the way you see their legendary journey.
During rehearsals, McCartney was pushy, which is putting it politely. George Harrison hated working with McCartney because he didn’t have any say in the parts he played. According to Harrison, he was told what to play, when to play it, and at what tempo. The same went for Starr. Even Lennon, who had his own songs, was tired of working things out with the bassist.
The Last Show
On January 30, 1969, about three months after the release of the White Album, the Beatles climbed onto the roof of Apple Records to play a set of nine songs in under and hour. The performance was captured for the film Let It Be, but shortly after the performance John Lennon and Paul McCartney parted ways forever, and the band was no more. The performance wasn’t meant to be on the band’s roof; prior to walking up there with a camera crew the band tried to gin up a show -- their first since 1966 -- but when that failed to come to fruition the rooftop show was a means to an end.