The Beatles performed two shows at this venue, which they visited for the first time on this occasion.
Located on Barker’s Pool opposite City Hall, the venue was built by William Edward Trent and opened as the Regent Theatre in December 1927. It became the Gaumont Theatre in July 1946, and was later used for live music events.
It closed in 1985 and was demolished, to be replaced by an Odeon Cinema on the same site. It later reopened as a nightclub.
The Beatles played the usual 11 songs of their final UK tour: ‘I Feel Fine’, ‘She’s A Woman’, ‘If I Needed Someone’, ‘Act Naturally’, ‘Nowhere Man’, ‘Baby’s In Black’, ‘Help!’, ‘We Can Work It Out’, ‘Yesterday’, ‘Day Tripper’ and ‘I’m Down’.
After the show the were joined for dinner at their hotel by The Moody Blues.
Also on this day...
- 2010: Tributes held worldwide to mark 30 years of John Lennon’s passing
- 1980: John Lennon dies
- 1969: Recording: Octopus’s Garden
- 1967: UK EP release: Magical Mystery Tour
- 1966: Recording, editing: When I’m Sixty-Four, Strawberry Fields Forever
- 1964: George Harrison visits Ringo Starr in hospital
- 1963: Live: Odeon Cinema, Lewisham
- 1962: Live: Oasis Club, Manchester
- 1961: Live: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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Can you please tell me which hotel they stayed at? My wife remembers her friend visiting the group at this time, but thought that they had stayed at Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire