The Beatles Up On The Roof

By | Jan 30, 2012

Those who were walking the streets near the Abbey Road Studios at 3 Savile Row, London on January 30, 1969 got a surprise and, to a few, a great treat. It was on that date that The Beatles performed their unannounced noontime concert. Their last public performance.

They were working on songs for a possible 1 hour following their album The Beatles (White Album). One idea for the show was for them to perform 8 songs in front of a live audience.

Soon it was decided instead of doing a TV special they would do a feature film showing them making their new album, at the time called Get Back. This album as well as film would become their final release, Let It Be. Later in 1969 they would return to the studio to record the songs for the album Abbey Road.

Since Beatles albums were known to take months to record and the film crew desire to be finish before this time on Sunday January 26 it was decided to do a roof-top unannounced concert the following Thursday.

During the forty-two minute concert they played five songs. Many of them more than once. The songs were “Get Back”, “Don’t Let Me Down”, “I’ve Got a Feeling”, “One After 909”, and “Dig a Pony”. As a tune-up they also played parts of the British national anthem, “God Save the Queen” and a brief section of “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”, a song John Lennon was working on and released on Abbey Road.

The concert ended when police arrived to stop it. The last song played was “Get Back. This was the third time the band played the song, the only one that was played more than twice. While the police was trying to stop the concert Paul slightly changed the lyrics singing, “You’ve been playing on the roofs again, and you know your Momma doesn’t like it, she’s gonna have you arrested!”


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