10 Heartbreaking Things You Didn't Know About The Beatles' Final Performance
By Sarah Norman | May 12, 2023
Eric Clapton almost joined the band at this point
After Harrison quit, John Lennon tossed around the idea of replacing the guitarist with Eric Clapton, but a few days later the band managed to get back together and reach and agreement. Harrison said he would rejoin the band if the group stopped talking about a live show and stopped working at Twickenham.
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.