On this day, January 30, 1969, at lunch time, The Beatles appeared on the rooftop of their record label’s headquarters, unannounced, and started performing. Londoners looked up with bewilderment as the world’s most popular band, which hadn’t played live in two and a half years, tried out some new material for about 40 minutes.
Eventually, a bank manager called police to complain about the noise. Officers from the Greater Westminster Council marched over to Apple Corps and made their way up to the roof. An officer yelled “You have to stop!” but Paul egged the band on to continue until the officer pulled a power cord from the equipment setup, ending the performance. It would end up being their final live show.
In related news, director Peter Jackson has announced he is making a new documentary of the Beatles in the studio using never-before-seen footage. The film will be based on roughly 55 hours of footage of the band working on songs in the studio in January 1969. “It’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together,” says Peter. The film is being made with the co-operation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison.
Image and video source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=NCtzkaL2t_Y