The Beatles had travelled to Auckland from Australia on 21 June, but didn’t perform in the city until this day.
As on other days during the New Zealand leg of their world tour, The Beatles encountered unwillingness from local police to provide adequate protection. Auckland’s Inspector of Police told the group’s management: “We didn’t want them here and I don’t know why you brought them”.
As a result, too few police officers were assigned to keep the crowds of fans at bay. During the day, as the group attempted to arrive at the Royal Continental Hotel, their Cadillac was held up by thousands of fans. Neil Aspinall, Mal Evans and tour organiser Lloyd Ravenscroft locked The Beatles in the car and pushed it 30 feet into the hotel’s garage, all the while fending off the fans.
The situation lasted around 20 minutes. Around 200 fans managed to get into the garage and had to be removed one by one before The Beatles could exit their car and go to their rooms.
The Beatles gave four concerts over two nights, which were each seen by 2,500 people.
Also on this day...
- 2022: Paul McCartney live: Cheese & Grain, Frome
- 2014: Ringo Starr live: Artpark Amphitheater, Lewiston, New York
- 2010: Ringo Starr begins 2010 summer tour of US and Canada
- 1968: Paul McCartney sails to Santa Catalina Island, California
- 1968: George Harrison produces Jackie Lomax’s Sour Milk Sea
- 1967: Recording: All You Need Is Love
- 1966: Live: Circus-Krone-Bau, Munich, Germany
- 1965: Live: Velodromo Vigorelli, Milan, Italy
- 1965: John Lennon’s A Spaniard In The Works is published
- 1963: Radio: Saturday Club
- 1962: Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Recording: Ain’t She Sweet, Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby, Nobody’s Child
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I was there!
Can still see John Lennon in my mind’s eye – only meters away, singing Twist and Shout! Magic.