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Looks like George is playing his Rickenbacker 425 – no idea where this is but the venue appears to be a bit unglamerous. Unseen – thanks!
The Beatles Rehearsing at the Donmar,12 October 1963
Yes, indeed Ken Wood, a rehearsal for their all-important Palladium appearance the following day. The Fabs came back to the Donmar two years later to rehearse for their last UK tour. The venue is still there:
Great shot-I’ve never seen this before.
Very nice unseen pic
One point to consider Ken; John’s black and white Rickenbecker guitar was presented to him in Miami in Feb. 1964 by the guitar company itself so I am sceptical that this is a 1963 photograph as throughout 1963 he played the sprayed black Capri model bought in Hamburg and used at Abbey Road (when the guitar was a lighter wood-grain finish). Sorry to rain on your parade so please forgive my being so pedantic.
Steve, don’t know if that’s a Rickenbacker sprayed black or what, but their look is very 1963.
Even in Feb 1964 their hair was longer than this.
No reason to be sorry at all! Good to know someone watches for the details.
So you think this is the 64 model, not the 58 one?
I`m not very good at guitar identification but the vibrato arm looks like the 58 one to me.
Too bad the history we were taught in school wasn’t this scrutinized.
The story of The Beatles might turn out to be a verifiable reference line that doesn’t lend itself to corruption and is an effective cross reference for all concurrent events….
Better late than never…but, a taste of honey, none the less!
There will be no King James version of Beatles History…
Columbus only discovered the North American Indian…
I’m with Ken on this one. Looks like this is the painted one with the large Bigsby vibrato arm.
George only played that Rick in fall 1963. He plays it on Thank Your Lucky stars (Money) and Ready Steady Go (She Loves You, I’ll Get You, Twist and Shout).
What is the Donmar to the Palladium?
Was it a hotel? Is it part of The Palladium? Even as a rehearsal space it looks abysmal…Is this an Allan Williams curse?
So, what was the appeal of this place?
The Donmar looks like a hybrid of Mathew St and The Reeberbahn…These guys might not have had fame here…but why return EVER?
I have absolutly no idea – I just copied the legend coming with the photo as it appears elsewhere on the intenet (flickr).
According to the link given by “Car”:
“The Donmar Warehouse is a 250-seat subsidised (not-for-profit) theatre located in the heart of London’s West End. ”
Judging by the poster in the background (A Taste of Honey) it was theatre back then as well (or possibly a cinema).
It was a rehearsal space and workshop, bought in the early 60s by theatrical producer Donald Albery, who named it combining the first three letters of his name and his wife’s middle name, Margaret. It was formerly a brewery premises in Victorian times and latterly a place where fruit at nearby Covent Garden was stored.
The date of Saturday, 12 October 1963 on this pic is 100% correct.
@ Ken Wood…
@ A Car…
Thank you, for the details!
It’s hard to believe they looked this ‘pre-fame’ only four months prior to the U.S./WORLD conquest. I don’t remember George having that early Ricky, either. Awesome picture!
Sorry for my faux pas Ken; on enlarging the picture it is indeed the sprayed black guitar from 1963 with original silver scratchplate and not the black and white “new” 1964 Rickenbecker. Ah well, as Mr. Lewisohn has drummed into me for 3O years, we are not perfect and the odd apparition of a factual blunder can remind me that we are still learning and never Beatles experts (even ML and myself -and I’m bleedin’ good at this!).
Wow, this is really cool, and Datey offering up the info that this is where the Fabs rehearsed for the 65 tour, the fact they rehearsed i think shocks me more than anything
Another well known band outside the Donmar…
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