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

The Beatles performed just one 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 Beatles in Madrid, Spain, 2 July 1965

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

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.

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2 responses on “Live: Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Madrid, Spain

  1. Madge

    My family lived in Madrid, my father worked on Torrejon AFB; I was 15 and my brother was 17 when our mother took us to see the Beatles in the bull ring! We sat 2 rows behind Eva Gabor! The audience was very respectful and my brother and I were the only ones on our feet!! Wonderful time!

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