1 May 2010
14 October 2012
The summer of 1964, my mate Roy and I had been on the town and were returning home. In Birmingham's New Street, we noticed quite a number of people either under blankets or in sleeping bags. As we were asking why, a couple of constables arrived telling them you can't sleep here, you will have to go round the back. This was to our advantage, since we were already standing…do you fancy it then, said Roy? Yes, why not. He went home, returned about an hour later with blankets and hot water bottles, meanwhile I followed the constables to what became the head of the queue. After the night long vigil we were reward with two front row seats at a cost of 15 shillings each that's 75p in today's money (UK) The night came, first a number of supporting acts, then all the lights went out. Suddenly an orange light fell on Ringo, bang went his drums and John belted out…Shake it up baby now……absolute pandemonium. What a night!
Birmingham, Odeon 1964
10 August 2011
I'm impressed by you guys who went to those concerts! – regardless of what you could or couldn't hear.
I had just turned 10 when the Beatles arrived in America (and 16 when they broke up!), and like the younger people on this Forum, I was bitten by the Beatle bug the moment I first heard them. But going to a rock concert of any kind was out of the question…
Had to use my imagination.
Speaking of the Dave Clark Five (loved them too), when I went off to college, my mother threw out all my Beatle stuff (except records; I had those with me.) Like a typical parent, she couldn't see what use they would be to me in the future. One item she discarded was a teen magazine. The cover read: "Who will beat the Beatles?" with that, they had a picture of the Dave Clark 5 … and the Searchers who had hits with "Love Potion #9" and "Needles and Pins" ("needles and pins'ah"
I wasn't until a year later that the Stones came around, and of course, they quickly became the Beatles' main competition; but yeah, anyone who hasn't heard the DC 5 should check out some of their greatest hits.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRQCN5x1-NI "we were young with all of our might" – a catch phrase for the '60s if I ever heard one.
And this one – the only one I still hear on the radio quite often:
Rollonjohn – that's a great story. Would you be willing to add it (and any other memories) to the relevant concert page in the history section? I love it when people add eyewitness accounts to the articles.
29 November 2012
I was born a year before John was murdered so I never saw them, but a lifelong friend of mine's mother saw them in Boston at the Boston Garden in 1964 and Suffolk Downs Racetrack (also in Boston) in 1966. She said it was great!
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