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    The Beatles played until police asked them to stop. | Photo: Reuters

Published 30 January 2015

The Beatles’ rooftop concert was the last public performance that the world famous rock group would ever give.  

The final concert of the world famous rock band, the Beatles, was a surprise concert performed on a rooftop of Apple Records headquarters in London on Jan. 30, 1969.

Ringo Star remembered, "There was a plan to play live somewhere. We were wondering where we could go—'Oh, the Palladium or the Sahara.' But we would have had to take all the stuff, so we decided, 'Let's get up on the roof."

As the Beatles began playing, its audience first consisted of people who were on their lunch break. But as the news spread of the impromptu concert, people began to gather on the streets and rooftops surrounding the Apple studios.

The police became concerned about the traffic issues and the noise, however the Apple employees would not let the police inside the studios, that is, until they were threatened with arrests.

As the police came onto the rooftop, the Beatles continued to play for a few more minutes. The concert ended with John Lennon saying, "I'd like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we've passed the audition."

The final public performance of the Beatles consisted of nine takes of five songs, “Get Back,” “Don't Let me Down,” “I've Got a Feeling,” “One After 909,” and “Dig a Pony.”





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