10 Heartbreaking Things You Didn't Know About The Beatles' Final Performance
By Sarah Norman | September 14, 2023
The Last Show
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.
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.
After The Roundhouse Gig Fell Through George Harrison Quit
Obviously, the Roundhouse show never happened, or you'd be reading about it right now. On January 10th, Harrison got into a fight with Lennon that may or may not have come to blows, but the fight managed to happen off camera so it’s become a thing of rock and roll legend. Lindsay-Hogg only managed to catch Harrison packing his guitar and saying, “I’m out of here. Put an ad in [the papers] and get a few people in. See you ’round the clubs.” Harrison expanded on his blow-up in Anthology:
It became stifling, so that although this new album was supposed to break away from that type of recording (we were going back to playing live) it was still very much that kind of situation where he already had in his mind what he wanted. Paul wanted nobody to play on his songs until he decided how it should go. For me it was like: ‘What am I doing here? This is painful!’