The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]


Before We Had Wireless …
July 28, 2015, 6:15 am
Filed under: The Beatles

… we had cables.

Or in The Beatles case, lots and lots of cables.

Let’s hope those little amps were real, or the audience would hear nothing at all.

Actually, they probably wouldn’t anyway.

Not just because of all the screaming, but because that amplification couldn’t outshout a wet fart in an empty pub, let alone a stadium of thousands upon thousands of fans.

Mind you, when you listen to an audio recording of the concert where that photo was allegedly taken [their last ever concert at Candlestick Park in San Fran] you start thinking that the ‘old days’ concerts, weren’t as gentle and innocent as the historians would like us to believe.


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This is a fun bit of oral history from the fan who attended (and missed) the concert.

http://blog.sfgate.com/thebigevent/2014/08/10/the-beatles-at-candlestick-in-1966-an-oral-history-from-the-fans/

Comment by This British-American Life

Oral history is possibly not the best choice of phrase relating to stories about fans who follow bands. Ha.

[But thank you]

Comment by Rob

You just made me laugh. I must be ill.

Comment by Billy Whizz

My pleasure. (Maybe that’s a bad turn of phrase too.)

Comment by This British-American Life

Getting more topical by the day Rob.

Comment by DH

Well, it’s not Rock City, but I can’t believe there’s any suggestion that gigs were tamer than they are now.

There never used to be a safety zone between the audience and the stage. Or curfews. Or glamping. Or audiences filming what they were meant to be watching.

Comment by John

i blame it on queen.

Comment by andy@cynic

Fantastic photograph Robert, only slightly marred by the fact I distinctly remember you calling Paul McCartney the Andrew Ridgely of The Beatles.

Comment by George

That’s rich coming from the Trent of Terence Trent D’Arby.

Comment by John

nice work doddsy. campbell is the ass in rick fucking asstley. and i know i fucking spelt it wrong. it was for the joke you petty fucks.

Comment by andy@cynic

OK Mr Elephant memory, you’ve proved your point.

Comment by Rob

I haven’t been pedantic for a while, but that photo doesn’t match the video. The drums don’t look like they’re on a riser, there’s only one amp to the left of them and where did the piano go?

Comment by John

It’ goods to have you back John.

Comment by George

I think The Beatles played 2 sets which could account for the photographic inconsistency.

Comment by George

Maybe so. But the piano seems completely out of place – why schlepp it into the middle of the park when nobody was going to play it? And could they have taken that shot from the middle of Candlestick Park in the days before drones and wirecams?

My insubstantial money would be on that being a shot taken in a rehearsal room or studio.

Comment by John

Jesus, this is pedantic even for you John. It’s kind-of comforting in a weird way. A very weird way.

Comment by Rob

Have you seen this Rob?

Comment by Pete

what the fuck is grohl talking about. “if youre a drummer and can do this and have people dancing youre a badass”. you patronising fucking piece of parasite shit.

Comment by andy@cynic

Ringo definitely made the bands sound unique. He wasn’t the best drummer in the World but the bit in the video I absolutely agree with, is when someone says he played for the song, not just the beat.

Totally true.

But I still prefer his work on Thomas the Tank Engine.

Comment by Rob

And don’t forget he’s a left handed drummer playing a right handed kit.

Comment by John

And then we should not forget this guy is playing drums with only one arm.

Don’t get too excited Robert, this is the only thing I like about Def Leppard.

Comment by George

what the fuck are you thinking auntie?

Comment by andy@cynic

Bloody hell George. I’m impressed. In that case, you might want to watch this ‘reality show’ on Def Leppard during their Las Vegas residency.

But probably not.

Comment by Rob

This looks good Rob. Shame I’ll be slitting my wrists on the day they broadcast it.

Comment by DH

According to Rolling Stone, the show was filmed in 2013 and still has not been released. I find this strangely comforting.

Comment by George

Fuck Candlestick Park… My wife, Maureen, and I were at their first USA show in Shea Stadium in 1964. Long before the poseurs on the West Coast made a park out of candlesticks. Maureen who is a “Scouser” went to the same school as John Lennon, just one year behind, She says he was a big headed wanker… Never forget, for proof of that, he did dump his wife and kid and marry Yoko. And, if Maureen, “She who must be obeyed,” says it is true… It must be fucking true. When we first came to the US in 1963, we brought with us the Beatles first album… Played it for various US fuckards… Who all said… What a load of shit… They’ll never be anything… See what stories you can tell when you are older than the dirt in your backyard. Time for a Fourth Reich Vodka.
Cheers/George “AdScam” Parker

Comment by adscamgeorge

You’re that old??? But you only look 25!

Comment by Rob

The benefits of clean living.

Comment by John

Don’t forget… Like Kate Moss, I have a picture in the attic!

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