Live: Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Madrid, Spain

8.30pm, Friday 2 July 1965 (48 years ago)

The Beatles performed just once concert in Madrid in Spain. It took place at the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, the city’s bullring, where Brian Epstein had watched a bullfight on the previous day.

The concert began at 8.30pm. By this point in the tour The Beatles had become concerned at the level of violence they’d seen police use against the fans.

The thing I remember about Madrid, where we played another bullring, was that the police were so violent. It was the first time I’d really seen police beating kids up.

I went to a bullfight there, and it was the saddest thing I ever saw. It was really sorrowful to see the bull just getting weakened and weakened. And then, when they finally kill the bugger, they wrap a chain round its leg and bring in a couple of cart-horses and drag the corpse away. I always thought it was such a miserable end. That’s the only bullfight I ever went to, and I’ve never been interested in seeing one again.

Ringo Starr
Anthology

The Beatles performed 12 songs in Madrid. It was the same set used throughout their 1965 European Tour: 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.

One Response to “Live: Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Madrid, Spain”

  1. mithveaen

    I totally agree with Ringo. Watching bullfights is just terrible. And police beating kids well, those were the times of the Conservatism in Spain.

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