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Shame this pic has been cropped – the orig shows all four on stage – and this – along with another pic of John up close – was the first time I’d seen pics from the last UK concert. Both appeared in The Beatles Lyrics Illustrated paperback (Futura Books 1975). In the mid 70s any new Beatles book was a rarity indeed – and treated like gold dust. Hard to think of that now!
Looks like George is attaching a capo. Is this correct. Would love a little background on when the Beatles starting using alternative tunings. You hear quite a bit of it on Rubber Soul. Any info on this?
I always figured that George was setting up the capo on the SG to play If I Needed Someone. Did Mal forget to bring the 360/12? (It wasn’t stolen until years later.)
@A Car And A Room And A Room And A Room,
I have that small paperback too! I bought it new (gulp!) and would say that, for those without a copy, it’s worth tracking down just for the large photo section in the middle. Lots of great photos!
Oh people, don’t confuse this book with The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics by Alan Aldridge. That’s the one with the trippy stuff.
Well, according to the uncropped version in the paperback…
the caption on this pic says Wenbley, April 1965…
AND the pic of Lennon close-up says Wembley, May 1966.
Obviously…this great paperback is not without flaw…
Kwai, who we were to know what was accurate at the time? Jocelyn has it spot on – at the time that book was a godsend in new photos.
re: If I Needed someone – I’m no guitarist but in the extant footage of the NME Pollwinners Concert, the Rickenbacker is laying on the riser next to Ringo’s drums Perhaps George opted to play the SG throughout the show?
Capo VII fret is “If I Needed Someone”. IIRC, there is another photograph of Harrison playing the SG with the capo on the VII fret already attached. “Nowhere Man” used capo II. No alternate tunings until the use of the Hofner lap guitar on “For You Blue”, obviously if you do not take into account dropped-D tunings on “Act Naturally”, “Dear Prudence”, etc., or whole-tone down tunings like “Yesterday”, “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”, “I’ve Just Seen a Face”, etc.
I thought “Yesterday” used a half-tone down tuning. Although I could be remembering it incorrectly.
This looks like it was taken in 1966.This would be the last time the beatles would play live until the “Get Back Sessions ” rooftop concert.Was this from the Concert in Germany in June of 1966?
1st May 1966, Empire Pool, Wembley.
there`s no footage from this gig including the Beatles playing and not many pictures also available, same with Beatles last UK tour in december 1965;
Jocelyn, are we referring to the second 360-12? I was not aware that it was stolen.
Thanks Henry Hoss…and you are indeed correct. I misspoke when I said alternate tunings…I meant liberal use of the capo. But being a guitarist myself, you can see how they would gravitate to using the thing especially with multiple guitars in the house. Thanks for the response.
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