Jan. 30 marks a big day in Beatledom: The Fab Four played their last gig as a band 55 years ago.
And they did it on top of a roof.
The 42-minute concert was intended to be the highlight of their 1970s documentary film, “Let It Be,” and its soundtrack album, but the complete performance wasn’t made available until Peter Jackson’s 2021 documentary: “The Beatles: Get Back.”
The Beatles had considered other venues, such as the pyramids or the Queen Elizabeth 2, before deciding to perform on the rooftop of Apple’s Savile Row offices.
Harrison said the decision was pragmatic.
“We went on the roof in order to resolve the live concert idea, because it was much simpler than going anywhere else,” he said, according to the Beatles webpage. “Also nobody had ever done that, so it would be interesting to see what happened when we started playing up there. It was a nice little social study.”
As both “Let It Be” and “Get Back” demonstrate, the impromptu concert attracted the attention of fans as well as police officers who attempted to shut down the event.
The Band celebrated the anniversary on its page on X, formerly Twitter.
Today in 1969, The Beatles performed their legendary rooftop concert on the roof of the Apple Corps building in London.
They played for the city for 42 minutes before being stopped by the police.
It was John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s final public performance as “The Beatles”. pic.twitter.com/IiKReVkMpG
— The Beatles Earth (@BeatlesEarth) January 30, 2024