This was The Beatles’ first night of shows at Brisbane’s Festival Hall. They gave two performances, and a further two on the following night.
The group had arrived in the city just after midnight, and were greeted at the airport by 8,000 fans. They were paraded in an open-top truck, but were pelted with food and bits of wood by some Beatles haters in the crowd.
The Beatles were quickly taken to their hotel – aptly named Lennons – where they declared there would be “no more unscheduled appearances. For as long as we’re in Brisbane, it’s the hotel and hall for us”.
Here’s the group’s press officer Derek Taylor receiving a set of hand-decorated boomerangs from a Brisbane fan, Jack Burwell:
The two concerts at the Festival Hall were each seen by 5,500 people, and all tickets sold out well in advance. Once again they were subjected to eggs thrown at the stage, although The Beatles played on and the miscreants were swiftly ejected from the venue.
Festival Hall was closed in August 2003. The venue was demolished and an apartment block, Festival Towers, was built in its place.
Also on this day...
- 2014: Ringo Starr live at Jacobs Pavilion At Nautica, Cleveland, Ohio
- 2014: Brian Epstein honoured with blue plaque in London
- 2010: John Lennon solo remasters to be released in October 2010
- 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono holiday in Scotland
- 1965: Travel: Rome to Nice
- 1962: Live: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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