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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 5, 1965 (Monday)

With the tour ending, no news to report for the Beatles. 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 4, 1965 (Sunday)

With the European tour ending, these words were spoken in Anthology by Paul McCartney recalling the tour,

"I remember playing a big bullring in Barcelona, the Plaza de Toros, where the Lord Mayor had great seats and all the rich people had seats but the kids, our real audience, were outside. We used to get upset about that: 'Why are we playing to all these bloody officials? We should be playing to the people outside. Let them in...' But of course they wouldn't." 

Source: www.beatlesbible.com

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 3, 1965 (Saturday)

Plaza de Toros Monumental, Avenue de led Corts - Catalanes, Barcelona, Spain

Another bullring concert, at 10:45 pm, and the last date on the European tour. The Beatles' two-hour Iberia flight from Barcelona to London Airport on July 4th touched down at 12:00 noon. 

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle by Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 2, 1965 (Friday)

Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Madrid Spain

One show in the bullring, at 8:30 pm. The Beatles flew on to Barcelona at 2:45 the following afternoon. 

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle by Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 1, 1965 (Thursday)

No news to report for the Beatles today. 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 30, 1965 (Wednesday)

Palais des Expositions, Esplanade Marechal de Lattre de Tassigny, Nice, France 

 

One show, at 9:00 pm. The group flew to Madrid at 3:45 pm on July 1. 

 

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle by Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 29, 1965 (Tuesday)

Nothing major to report for the Beatles today. 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 28, 1965 (Monday)

John Lennon evades a young fan who wants his yachting-style cap as a souvenir during the Beatles' concert in Rome on June 28,1965.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 27, 1965 (Sunday)

The Beatles performed two shows on this day at the Teatro Adriano in Piazza Cavour in Rome, and two more on the following day.  It was the group's only visit to the Italian capital.

The concerts took place on each of the days at 4.30pm and 9.30pm. Originally just this day's performances had been booked, but the next day's were added later on. Despite this, none of The Beatles' four Rome shows was more than half full.

Parts of both this day's performances, recorded by members of the audience, have been circulated on bootlegs, although the quality is less than perfect.

After the second show Paul McCartney met playwright Noël Coward, who had attended the concert. The encounter took place at the Parco dei Principi hotel.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 26, 1965 (Saturday)

Following their two concerts in Milan, The Beatles were driven in four cars to Genoa, Italy by the Alfa Romeo Racing Team.

The group performed two shows at the city's Palazzo dello Sport, a 25,000-seat arena, at 4.30pm and 9.30pm. As in Milan, tickets for the afternoon appearance sold poorly, with just 5,000 fans seeing The Beatles play; the evening show was seen by 10,000.

The group performed 12 songs during both shows in Genoa: 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. 

The Beatles remained in Genoa for just a short time. Immediately after the second show they flew to Rome in a chartered aeroplane.