March 1963

Live: De Montfort Hall, Leicester

The Beatles’ second theatre tour of the UK, for which they shared a bill with singers Tommy Roe and Chris Montez, ended on this day with performances at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall.

Live: Guildhall, Portsmouth

This was the 20th and penultimate date of The Beatles’ 1963 tour of England with Tommy Roe and Chris Montez. They played at the venue on one other subsequent occasion, on 3 December 1963.

Live: Odeon Cinema, Lewisham

The Beatles’ first concert at the Odeon Cinema in Lewisham, London, was part of their tour with Chris Montez and Tommy Roe.

Live: ABC Cinema, Exeter

The Beatles’ first trip to Exeter in Devon, England, was the 18th concert on their 1963 tour with Tommy Roe and Chris Montez. The group’s setlist on this tour contained six songs: Love Me Do, Misery, A Taste Of Honey, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Please Please Me and I Saw Her Standing… Read more »

Live: ABC Cinema, Northampton

The 17th date of The Beatles’ tour of England with Tommy Roe and Chris Montez took them to Northampton, for a performance at the ABC Cinema.

Live: Granada Cinema, Mansfield

Just over a month after they performed at Mansfield’s Granada Cinema on the Helen Shapiro tour, The Beatles returned for the final time, as part of the Tommy Roe and Chris Montez tour. Whereas in February the group were hoping the Please Please Me single would be a success, this time around they’d just released… Read more »

Live: Empire Theatre, Liverpool

A triumphant homecoming show for The Beatles, who gave a performance at the Empire Theatre. It was their first performance in the city in over a month, and came in the same week their debut album Please Please Me was released.

Live: City Hall, Newcastle

As part of the Tommy Roe/Chris Montez tour of the UK, The Beatles made their first live appearance at the City Hall in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. They performed at the venue on three subsequent occasions.

Live: Gaumont Cinema, Doncaster

A return to the Gaumont in Doncaster, Yorkshire, a venue The Beatles had previously visited on 5 February 1963. This occasion was part of their UK tour with Tommy Roe and Chris Montez.

UK album release: Please Please Me

The Beatles’ debut album was rush-released on this day to capitalise on the success of their singles Love Me Do and Please Please Me.

Live: ABC Cinema, Croydon

Shortly after recording their radio session for the BBC’s On The Scene, The Beatles drove to West Croydon for a concert at the ABC Cinema. It was part of their tour with Chris Montez and Tommy Roe.

Radio: On The Scene

The Beatles arrived at the BBC’s Piccadilly Studios in London in time for a 10am rehearsal for the BBC radio show On The Scene.

Live: ABC Cinema, Romford

The 11th date of The Beatles’ UK tour with singers Tommy Roe and Chris Montez. Also on the bill were The Viscounts, Debbie Lee, Tony Marsh and the Terry Young Six.

Live: Regal Cinema, Cambridge

This was the 10th concert of The Beatles’ 1963 tour of England with singers Tommy Roe and Chris Montez. The group performed on one other occasion in Cambridge, again at the Regal Cinema, on 26 November 1963.

Live: Regal Cinema, Gloucester

As part of their UK tour with Tommy Roe and Chris Montez, The Beatles gave their only live appearance in Gloucester. They performed at the Regal Cinema on the city’s St Aldate Street.

Live: Embassy Cinema, Peterborough

This was The Beatles’ second and final appearance at the Embassy Cinema in Peterborough, Northamptonshire. It was part of the group’s tour with Tommy Roe and Chris Montez.

Live: City Hall, Sheffield

This was the second time The Beatles performed at Sheffield’s City Hall this month; the first had been on 2 March as part of their UK tour with Helen Shapiro.

Radio: Saturday Club

The Beatles had been due to record a session for the BBC Light Programme radio show Saturday Club on 11 March 1963, but cancelled due to John Lennon‘s illness and a Radio Luxembourg appearance. They agreed instead to make a live appearance on this day.

Live: Colston Hall, Bristol

Having missed three concerts due to illness, John Lennon was well enough to rejoin The Beatles onstage for both sets at Bristol’s Colston Hall.

Live: Gaumont Cinema, Wolverhampton

John Lennon missed a third concert on this day due to his persistent cold. He rejoined The Beatles onstage the following night in Bristol.