Make your own free website on Tripod.com

That Magic Feeling

Home | The Beatles in Hamburg | In Memory of George | In memory of John | Write Away | George's 70th! | The Fab Galleries | Chatting on... | The Beatle Style | Now That's Style! | Advice | Looking Back | "Let's go back..." | 50th Anniversaries | Beatlemania | Record breaking | Spotlight On... | Beatle Homes | One, Two, Three, Four | Ahead Of Them All | Quotable HoF | Fab Videos | How To... | The Beatle Girls | Beatle People | The Learning Page | Oddities | "Four Parts Of the One" | What Might Have Been... | The Beatles &... | "Is it... habit-forming?" | 43 Indicators... | What if...? | Caution! | The...Eatles?!? | Cheers! | If Only... | Mock Awards | Brought To You By... | It's Okay... | Tour Guides | Ah, To Be That... | Teaching the ABCs... | Ever Wonder? | There It Is Again! | Paul And... | Disguises? | Reality Show? | The Fab... | Very British | Lazy? | Smokin'! | Lucky You! | Let's Be Honest... | Simply... Inexplicable | "Look into..." | The Next Closest Thing? | "Such lovely lads..." | Ready To... | You Read What!?! | Thumbs Up! | Howdy! | Evolution of... | We Love George! | The One and Only... | Do's and Don'ts | About The Girl... | Only Love | All Our Loving | So Who's My Favorite Beatle? | Love *Them* All The Time | Ticket to... England | Live in London Town | Fanlistings | Disclaimer | Credits | About the Site | Dedicated to... | Link This Site | Contact | Links | Sister Sites & Affiliates | The Site Map | The Beatles Fan Project








Reality Show?

Fabs and a reality show?
 
These days, it seems reality shows are creeping up everywhere in a never-ending supply.
 
So why not put a Beatle-spin on that?
 
Hence, this section was dreamed up... your chance to follow the Beatles around on tour. Exciting, undoubtedly... right?
 
You be the judge.
 
----
Episode I: On the road in 1963
 
Picture the scene: It's the year 1963 and even an up-and-coming band such as the Beatles only goes on tour with a minimal supply of equipment and a tiny entourage.
The concert promoters see themselves as the bosses, while these musicians are merely their workers - here to perform for a certaibn period of time.
 
The biggest difference faced by the Beatles was probably the hysteria that greeted them everywhere they went...
 
In Britain, 1963, the Beatles had to get used to staying in much more expensive hotels (as opposed to just traveling from Liverpool to the venue by van and back again).
 
Since, according to The Beatles Book, no day on tour was the same as the one before, this is merely an example of an average day:
 
- Get up late in the afternoon (since there was generally no going to bed prior to about two in the morning).
 
- Breakfast (wgen time permitted) usually consisted of steak & chips or eggs, bacon & sausages.
 
- While Neil handled the band's luggage, the hotel was usually barraged by hordes of screaming fans.
 
- The band shared two rooms but in the mornings, everyone was generally in one room, all anxious to take turns phoning parents and girlfriends.
 
- In the late afternoon, there was usually a sound check at the concert venue and transport there, as well as "smuggling" the Beatles in due to the difficulty of getting by the hysterical fans outside, proved quite a challenge most days.
 
- Once J, P, G & R were in the venue, they were (as a rule) cooped up there until the concert was over... which meant passing time with various card games or:
 
reality002.jpg picture by anothergirl83
 
...and waiting to go on stage:
 
reality001.jpg picture by anothergirl83
 
- Eventually, it'd be time to get ready for the show:
 
reality003.jpg picture by anothergirl83
 
- If any rehearsing took place, it was often in the minutes before the show began, as the audience filed into the venue.
 
- And then: Showtime!
 
awwwwwlove.jpg picture by anothergirl83
 
eeeeek.jpg picture by anothergirl83
 
These notes were based on the article "Touring in 1963", by Tony Barrow, in 'The Beatles Book' No. 226, from February 1995.



All photos are copyright their respective owners.