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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, October 25, 1963

Nya Aulan, Sundsta Laroverk, Sundstavagen, Karlstad, Sweden

Not seven months after their concert at Stowe, it was very much "back to school" for the Beatles as they kicked-off their £140-a-night Swedish concert tour in the unlikely setting of the new hall of a secondary school in the tiny town of Karlstad.

The Beatles repertoire for the two "houses" here, at 7:00 and 9:00 pm, and for the remainder of the short tour, comprised "Long Tall Sally", "Please Please Me", "I Saw Her Standing There", "From Me To You", "A Taste Of Honey", "Chains", "Boys", "She Loves You" and "Twist And Shout".

Despite a wildly enthusiastic reception from screaming Swedish Beatlemanics, one man not so impressed was "Johnny", the pop reviewer from local Karlstad newspaper "Nya Wermlands Tidning". He thought the Beatles terrible, their music corny and their playing out of rhythm, adding that the group should have been grateful the fan's screams helped drown out their awful performance, and then he concluded by stating that the Beatles were of no musical importance whatsover and that their local support group, the Phantoms, decidedly outshone them.

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