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Touring


During the years of 1965 and 1966, the Beatles' lives, were dominated by touring. They had three long tours a year, one British, one American, and one other foreign tour. They produced three singles a year and one LP. They made their second film, Help!, in 1965.

On June 16, 1965, it was announced the Beatles would become members of the Order of the British Empire. They were protests, and Britain was pleased with this honor. John hated social events because he felt they were fake.

The third American tour began on August 15, 1965. They played at Shea Stadium in New York. Over 55,000 people showed up at the show. The Beatles made $304,000, which was a world record. There were 130 police officers present.

A year later in 1966, the Beatles did their fourth and final American tour. This tour was a short one, but it made the most money. Nat Weiss, organized it for them. It was during this tour that John's comment about Jesus Christ hit America. He had said the Beatles were more popular than Christ.

Brian was worried about this so he cancelled some shows because he didn't want the boys to get hurt. John said he didn't mean what he said, and the tour continued. Other foreign tours during the two years were in France, Italy, Spain, and Germany. From Germany, the band flew to Tokyo, for their one and only concerts in Japan.

From Japan, they returned home. During this visit, the Beatles experieced real violence throughout the touring career. They had nearly been killed in Britain and America due to overaffection. In Manila, the band was kicked and punched by crowds and police. When Ringo had his tonsils taken out , the hospital was jammed with fans asking him for his tonsils.

In December of 1965, they had their last British tour. They did one concert after that on May 1, 1966, at Wembley, which was the last live concert in Britain. One of their singles, "Paperback Writer," didn't reach number one. In February 1967, "Penny Lane", and "Strawberry Fields" didn't reach number one either.

Their last performance anywhere in the world was at the end of their American tour, on August 29, 1966. It was in San Francisco. Brian was sad because he knew this was the end. Rumors were spread that the Beatles were breaking up. They had decided to stop touring.

The biggest thing the Beatles had done was open the American market to British artists. Nobody had been able to get in before them. After the decision had been made to stop touring, the band announced it to the public. They felt their music had developed so greatly, they couldn't perform it onstage any longer. They also didn't like performing onstage, and the chaos and panic of it all.

After the Decision


Touring was very dangerous for the Beatles sometimes. They felt safe in their hotel rooms although the staff would ask for autographs. The American police were just as bad, wanting autographs too. George said at the beginning of the American tour, the Beatles began to dislike it. Even making the tours shorter didn't change their feelings. To the boys, touring became played out, and they found no satisfaction in it.

Ringo didn't like performing live because he couldn't hear himself play over the crowd. The Beatles had no hesitation making the decision. They saw it as the end of Chapter One. They were just fed up with the drag of touring and the discomfort of Beatlemania.