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Beatley Moments
27 June 2024
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oldfannz said
Really deep Beatley moments for me today – the 60th anniversary of the concert in Dunedin, New Zealand that I attended, June 26, 1964.

Seems like Yesterday .beatlemaniacs_02_gif

I have of course bought the recently published book “When We Was Fab” about their tour of Australia and New Zealand (not cheap, weighs a ton, but soooooo worth having for me!)

All the photos of the concert that have been published seem to be from the 6 pm one, whereas I attended the 8.30pm one on the same night. I was right up the front in front of policemen and John Lennon was a couple of feet away, so I should have found myself in a photo if it had been of  the right concert.

That tour was New Zealand’s first real entrance into the 1960s, I’d say, and to the Beatles themselves we seemed a bit behind the times, although we certainly had the screaming fans, the crush of people at the concerts and in front of the hotels they stayed at (I was there too and thought I’d die in that crowd)

The security was woefully inadequate because the cops just didn’t expect staid old NZ to react as we did, and insisted to the Beatles’ security people that they had experience of celebrity visits, so could manage it. John actually got some of his hair pulled out and sustained a cut on his leg as the cops thrust him through the door of one of the hotels. He was understandably not impressed!! The police themselves feared for their lives.

Still – I soaked in every minute of that concert, so much that it really does seem like yesterday – I can see their faces clearly in my mind, every gesture, every song, the sense of ecstasy! I was 15, the perfect age to be a Beatlemaniac!

  

What a fantastic experience. Experiencing them live must have been mind blowing! Congrats to this great experience and thank you for sharing it with us!

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KyleKartan said

 

  

What a fantastic experience. Experiencing them live must have been mind blowing! Congrats to this great experience and thank you for sharing it with us!

  

It really did blow my mind – you are so right! They were just Liverpool lads in their neat suits, aged about 21-23, and just beginning to conquer the whole world – and they were experiencing something unprecedented themselves.

What is so amazing is how they evolved from that time, musically, and how clear it soon became that they were each musical geniuses. Their music will live forever! That’s obvious from the fact that most of the people on this forum are way younger than me, but appreciate them as much, and in fact know more about them that I do, in many cases!

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I read recently that at 28 years old, Dua Lipa was older when headlining Glastonbury last week than Paul was when the Beatles split. I found that utterly ridiculous to the point of having to check it was right. It’s mad how young the Beatles were.

 

My Beatles moment was hearing ‘She Loves You ‘ in a supermarket just as I was about to leave so had to stay another three minutes. I wonder how much time I will have wasted in life waiting around shops to hear Beatles songs I can play on my phone.

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meanmistermustard said

My Beatles moment was hearing ‘She Loves You ‘ in a supermarket just as I was about to leave so had to stay another three minutes. I wonder how much time I will have wasted in life waiting around shops to hear Beatles songs I can play on my phone.

  

This happened to me today, exactly. Was walking past a shop and heard the opening 2 bars of ‘Let it Be’. I was sucked into the shop instantly and listened for the whole song (and yes, I did end up buying something I didn’t need). I stayed on in case they played another Beatles’ song.

How is it that a song I’ve heard hundreds of times, right from its first release, and on really excellent stereo equipment can sound just as enchanting on a shop’s cheap sound system and fill me with the same old joy every Beatles’ song gives me?

We have all had this experience, as Meanmistermustard attests.

Because I am also a lover of classical music I know that’s the only other sort of music that is as timeless for me as any Beatles song.

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I read recently that at 28 years old, Dua Lipa was older when headlining Glastonbury last week than Paul was when the Beatles split. I found that utterly ridiculous to the point of having to check it was right. It’s mad how young the Beatles were.

  

I recently turned 30, and find it so odd that I am older than all The Beatles when they broke up (Ringo being 29 on 10th April 1970). Bizarre.

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meanmistermustard said

I recently turned 30, and find it so odd that I am older than all The Beatles when they broke up (Ringo being 29 on 10th April 1970). Bizarre.

  

And to think what they created and achieved just (mainly) during their 20s – and then broke up! And even though they all carried on as individuals making music, we are still celebrating their Beatles output today and new fans are continually emerging – many of them on forums like this.

It’s bizarre to me that so many of these new and newish fans weren’t born when I got to hear of them in the 1960s but they often know more about them than I do.

I like reading comments under the Youtube versions of their songs – hundreds and hundreds of people from all parts of the world raving about the song or young people wondering how they have only just discovered this unbelievable music. It warms the heart of this old Beatle fan!

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