The Beatles and The Rooftop Gig: Part 1 – Live Shows in 1968?

The Beatles’ January 30, 1969 rooftop gig is unforgettable. But what led up to it is a story on its own.

In this two-part series, we’re exploring why and how they ended up on the roof, as opposed to anywhere else.

This video, Part 1, details what the band was up to after the release of the White Album. Late 1968 live concerts by The Beatles were – unbelievably – partially planned and publicly discussed. The shows never happened, but – as explained here – they were the foundation for the Get Back sessions and rooftop concert.

Part 2 is here:

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(Footnote: this video is a reupload of the original. It needed an edit due to a copyright issue. The original had over 133,000 views and over 300 comments. May it rest in peace. :))



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“Get Back” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, performed by Paul McCartney, from “Late Show with David Letterman,” Worldwide Pants

“Where the Streets Have No Name” written and performed by U2, Island / Universal |

Video clip from The Beatles Anthology, courtesy of Apple Corps Ltd. |

“Yer Blues” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, performed by The Dirty Mac, from “The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus,” ABKCO |

Film clip: “How I Won the War,” MGM |

“Hey Jude” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, performed by The Beatles, from “Beatles 1,” Apple Corps Ltd. |

“Without a Sound” by Letter Box (CC BY 2.0) |

Some photos by Ethan A. Russell, Apple Corps Ltd.


Dan Rivkin,
Allan Kozinn – “The Beatles” |
Mark Lewisohn – “The Complete Beatles Chronicle” |
Doug Sulpy – “Death, Drugs, and a Slipping Image” |



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