Today in Rock and Roll History June 30

30 Jun

Among other events and things today, in 1966 the Beatles perform the first of five concerts at Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Amateur recordings of the performance were made and became available as a bootleg album known as Three Nights in Tokyo. 

The Beatles performed an 11-song set, the same one used throughout their 1966 tour: Rock And Roll MusicShe’s A WomanIf I Needed SomeoneDay TripperBaby’s In BlackI Feel FineYesterdayI Wanna Be Your ManNowhere ManPaperback Writer and I’m Down.

Because of death threats to the Beatles at this time,there was heavy police presence at these shows. The Japanese took these threat seriously.The audiences were unusually quiet, and for the first time in years this allowed the group to really hear themselves while they were playing.

“For the first time in a long while the audience could hear. There was no loud screaming, which came as a surprise: the band suddenly realised they were out of tune and they had to get their act together. The second show was pretty good – they had got it together by then – but the first one, in the afternoon, was a bit of a shock.”   Neil Aspinall   Anthology
The June 30th performance.
In 1978 the Sex Pistols’ “My Way” is released.
In 1971 Paul Revere and the Raiders receive a gold record for their only #1 hit, “Indian Reservation”

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