The Beatles’ European tour begins at Palais des Sport, Paris

The Beatles' final European tour opened with a concert at the Palais des Sports in Paris.

While leaving London Airport the group learned that fans had been turned away by airport authorities, who had claimed that The Beatles has asked them to stay away. This was later denied by the group and Brian Epstein.

The Beatles and their entourage arrived at the Paris-Orly airport at 9.55am and were taken to the George V hotel. Around 50 fans were waiting at the hotel, far fewer than on their previous visit.

They played two concerts at the Palais des Sports, at 3pm and 9pm, each of which was seen by 6,000 people. Also on the bill were The Yardbirds. Both were recorded by French radio station Europe 1; the first was broadcast from 1pm on 27 June, and the second was transmitted live.

The Beatles on stage at Palais des Sport, Paris, 20 June 1965

The evening performance was also filmed by television channel 2, and was shown on 31 October from 7.30pm.

At night they were visited at their hotel by popular French singer Françoise Hardy, before The Beatles went to the Castel nightclub on 15 Rue Princesse, where they partied until the early hours.

The Beatles' set throughout the European tour comprised 12 songs: Twist And Shout, She's A Woman, I'm A Loser, Can't Buy Me Love, Baby's In Black, I Wanna Be Your Man, A Hard Day's Night, Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby, Rock And Roll Music, I Feel Fine, Ticket To Ride and Long Tall Sally.

The tour ended on 3 July 1965 in Barcelona, Spain, and encompassed a total of 15 concerts spread over nine dates.

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One response on “The Beatles’ European tour begins at Palais des Sport, Paris

  1. Jonas Svensson, Sweden

    When comparing all the various concert recordings, I think this is one of the better shows they did, performance-wise. What still amazes me is why did they decide to fill their set with 40% covers, like their own stuff wasn´t good enough.

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