Today marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles‘ final official concert, which took place at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. Drained by the grind of touring and the craziness it entailed, the Fab Four had decided to retire from the road after their 1966 North American summer trek.
One of The Beatles’ opening acts during the tour, including the Candlestick Park show, was the hit-making girl group The Ronettes. Founding Ronettes singer Nedra Tally Ross recalls that the clamor of the ardent Fab Four fans generally made it difficult to hear anything during the performances.
“It was hard to hear yourself sing because the roar of the crowd stayed at a pitch. It was so high,” Talley Ross tells ABC Radio, adding, “Candlestick was…just a beautiful setting, but it was crazy.”
Nedra explains that before The Ronettes decided to take part in The Beatles tour, her group was posed with a bit of a dilemma.
“The [Rolling] Stones wanted us and The Beatles wanted us, and we went with The Beatles,” she explains. “It was just because, because. Probably the money was better.”
Meanwhile, Talley Ross says that she had no idea that the Candlestick Park concert was to be The Beatles’ last, although she could tell that the difficulties of touring were weighing heavily on the band members.
“We knew that they were tired and sort of tired of each other and tired of the chaos,” Nedra tells ABC Radio.
The Beatles played 11 songs at Candlestick Park, including such newer tunes as “Day Tripper,” “Paperback Writer” and “Yesterday.” According to BeatlesBible.com, tickets cost $6.50 and $4.50.
The only other public concert the Fab Four played after the Candlestick concert was their famous unannounced show on the rooftop of the band’s Apple headquarters in London on January 30, 1969.
Here’s the set list of The Beatles’ Candlestick Park concert:
“Rock and Roll Music”
“She’s a Woman”
“If I Needed Someone”
“Baby’s in Black”
“I Feel Fine”
“I Wanna Be Your Man”
“Long Tall Sally”
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Source: Oldies News