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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.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 25, 1965 (Friday)

The Beatles, with Brian and Wendy Hanson, stay at a hotel in Geneva. 4.30pm, 9.30pm. Concerts at the Palazzo dello Sport, Geneva, Italy.

Mr. Quintieri, member of the Italian Parliament, in the Chamber of Deputies, asks the Minister of Finance if `appropriate measure has been taken to guarantee the payment of taxes on the fees paid to the Beatles and what was the amount declared and assessed.'

 

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 24, 1965 (Thursday)

June 24, 1965 - Velodromo Vigorelli, Milan

 

Taped: Thursday 24 June 1965
Aired: Thursday 25 May 2000

During their career The Beatles performed eight concerts in Italy, over four days during their European Tour in the summer of 1965. The Beatles played their first Italian show in Milan at the Velodromo Vigorelli.

The group performed two shows on this date, at 4.30pm and 9.30pm. The velodrome seated 22,000 people, although neither of the concerts was a sell-out: the afternoon performance was seen by 7,000, and the evening concert attracted 20,000.

Brian Epstein was not pleased at all the empty seats, particularly during the afternoon show when many of the fans were at school or work and only 7,000 people attended. The press suggested that a combination of high prices and a heat wave had kept the fans away.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 23, 1965 (Wednesday)

The Beatles strolling in a Paris park on June 23 1965 in Paris France

The Beatles strolling in a Paris park on June 23, 1965 in Paris, France.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 22, 1965 (Tuesday)

Broadcast of `Londra Ultima Ora', Italian radio programme, with interview to the Beatles (recorded 18 June 1965).

The Beatles arrived for their concert at the Palais D'Hiver on June 22, 1965 in Lyon, France.