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That doesn’t look like Ringo…
and who brought the sewing machine?
That is Jimmy Nicol. Either Hong Kong or Adelaide – I think, the latter.
Note two cream-coloured Fender amps on the far right, just behind the spotlight.
so, it’s a spotlight.
It probably belongs to the owners of those Fender amps. Did all support acts have to store their items on stage? And did the owners ever turn on the spotlight? Well, it’s handy to have on board and it keeps us from needing a lighting crew. Man, if this was England, the union would be all over that!
Anyhoo, I reckon George has been doing the Mexican Hat Dance with all that gear at his feet.
I bet Mal was furious about this type of accommodations.
In those package show days, Kwai, in theatres, there wasn’t time to break the support acts’ equipment down and get it off the stage. The 6pm & 8pm shows – or “houses” as they were known – usually ran to a tight schedule and the compere had to fill a bare minimum of time between acts.
Didn’t Johnny Chester the Aussie support act use an on stage spot light for his rendition of ‘Fever’?
Thank you for the insight. I didn’t realize it was a variety show/local revue that was completely full of performers presented in rapid-fire succession…especially if there was more than one show per date. I have seen a video of an Australian show that had lots of things going on and there was definitely a courtesy between all involved that allowed the flow to remain smooth. But, I couldn’t find any of it on YouTube. This picture seems to be from Adelaide. It isn’t the show I remember, either.
Hopefully, my attempt to sound cynical wasn’t taken at face value. I am only trying to emphasize the extra headaches that the band were subjected to on a regular basis. The Beatles were very tolerant while blazing the new trail around the globe. I don’t think prima donnas existed then…especially in the band!
Yes, Tam, that’s right. I doubt if he had his own light man – it was probably done by arrangement with the guy operating the house lights. The video you refer to Kwai is Melbourne (June 17, 1964) and that gives you a good idea of what was left on stage from the support acts. The Phantoms drum kit and amps are stage left and John backs in to them during the solo in Can’t Buy Me Love – see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxKvzhPxNDc
I may be biased, but I love this concert, lots of boxes ticked. Tho filmed on video (or transferred) it has a nice sharpness, the vocal mics all work and are balanced (and pretty sensitive, listen to how alive the actual stage floor is for each of Johns spaz foot slams) Ringo’s drums and particularly his snare sound great with a wonderful crack, and this concert features what I’m sure is Johns longest and most exaggerated spazout ever documented.
I love the Melbourne show, too, Tam, for all the reasons you’ve expressed – but above all, IMO, the Australasian tour was the last time the Beatles sounded happy at being on stage. The American tour – with all the travel and 24-hour madness just wore them down and it shows in their playing/vocals. After that, I don’t think they ever really regained the enjoyment of playing on stage. Again, just IMO.
And they say ‘drugs are bad’!
All they needed was more Preludin.
Somebody, ANYBODY…get over to the St. Pauli district in Hamburg!!!
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