Thursday, December 10, 2015

Hammersmith memories

Note:  When I first found these photos online (from a photo agency), the date listed for them was December 10, 1965.   Since then I have seen these same photos listed as just about every other venue from the 1965 UK tour.   I am keeping them as London, although I am not sure where they are.  But look at the Gonk on the stage!

More concert memories from Creasy's book, Beatlemania,

When they came on the crowds just went wild.  I remember Paul singing "Yesterday" in the spotlight and when it came to the end the curtain came down and they ran right past me out to leave and John Lennon said to me, "See you later."  -- Gary Leeds who watched both shows from the wings.

I saw the Beatles 10 times in all and this was the only time I ever had to queue for tickets.  We queued for about two hours and they weren't great seats.  What made it special was that after the first show we saw Mal Evans outside and I went up to him and got his autograph.  The girls were demented, as usual, but they just ignored him, but I recognized him.  He was a nice guy.  I was 21 at the time.  --Paul G.