Here's an idea for the next compilation of 1990 to 1994
Maybe call it either the Grey Album or the Brown Album?
Also for the Cloud Nine World Tour, will they go to Africa for the first time?
Oh, and I believe Kurt will survive '94.
Maybe you could do one post for the tour, and then another post for the non-tour elements, like Nirvana, Woodstock '94, and Brian looking at Oasis? Also for 95, Linda will become more important. Lemme know what you think, Q.
 
Here's an idea for the next compilation of 1990 to 1994
Maybe call it either the Grey Album or the Brown Album?
Also for the Cloud Nine World Tour, will they go to Africa for the first time?
Oh, and I believe Kurt will survive '94.
Maybe you could do one post for the tour, and then another post for the non-tour elements, like Nirvana, Woodstock '94, and Brian looking at Oasis? Also for 95, Linda will become more important. Lemme know what you think, Q.
Do the compilations include solo material, as the Purple album convered only Return To Pepperland
To answer questions about what was on the Purple album, it featured much of Return To Pepperland as you expect but actually featured singles, alongside their B-Sides, from A Hard Night's Day that were released in 1985 thus means they get included so that album does have more to it than you think.

But yes, there will be another compilation album going from 1990 to 1994 (some singles and B-Sides from Cloud Nine will be out in 1994 a year after the album is released) and this one will be called the Cyan Album (yep, mixing them colours now but an unique choice IMO).

The tour itself is to go to Africa meaning the band will finally have played on six Continents though where they will be playing at remains to be seen. Woodstock '94 is unlikely given how the band will be still on tour by that point and Oasis will get seen ITTL though you'll have to see what will happen there.

Early spoilers but yes, Linda will be getting mention a bit more too later soon enough. But other than that, I would like to wish all you readers out there wherever you are in the world a Merry Christmas and we'll be getting the next update hopefully by the end of this week. :)
 
To answer questions about what was on the Purple album, it featured much of Return To Pepperland as you expect but actually featured singles, alongside their B-Sides, from A Hard Night's Day that were released in 1985 thus means they get included so that album does have more to it than you think.

But yes, there will be another compilation album going from 1990 to 1994 (some singles and B-Sides from Cloud Nine will be out in 1994 a year after the album is released) and this one will be called the Cyan Album (yep, mixing them colours now but an unique choice IMO).

The tour itself is to go to Africa meaning the band will finally have played on six Continents though where they will be playing at remains to be seen. Woodstock '94 is unlikely given how the band will be still on tour by that point and Oasis will get seen ITTL though you'll have to see what will happen there.

Early spoilers but yes, Linda will be getting mention a bit more too later soon enough. But other than that, I would like to wish all you readers out there wherever you are in the world a Merry Christmas and we'll be getting the next update hopefully by the end of this week. :)
Thanks for the answer! Maybe Linda will get a prophylactic double mastectomy like Angelina Jolie to prevent breast cancer. Also I bet they'll visit South Africa since there isn't any apartheid anymore. Happy Christmas to you too!
 
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I bet you a million bucks they'll play at Seattle in '94. Maybe they'll invite Nirvana on stage for a jamout?
 
Leonardo.AI is free if you limit yourself. I tried it,and it was amazing. When I am on my laptop, I will send you a sample. Warning: the picture I send may not be from your timeline.
It's taken a little too much time, but here is a sample of what I was able to do just typing a prompt into Leonardo.AI. There are definite problems with this app. First of all, the files are too big to attach here. Secondly, some pictures have multiple versions of the same person. Probably if I took the time to really learn the program I would have more control over it, but, anyway, here is a picture of a fifty-ish Lennon performing at the Apollo.
 

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It's taken a little too much time, but here is a sample of what I was able to do just typing a prompt into Leonardo.AI. There are definite problems with this app. First of all, the files are too big to attach here. Secondly, some pictures have multiple versions of the same person. Probably if I took the time to really learn the program I would have more control over it, but, anyway, here is a picture of a fifty-ish Lennon performing at the Apollo.
Not bad, his expression isn't great, he looks tired or depressed but still a pretty good pic.
 
Thanks, cortz#9. I wonder what a fiftyish Lennon would have sounded like, especially if he still smoked. As you may or may not know, Joni Mitchell’s voice radically deepened, probably because of smoking.
 
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The Cloud Nine 1993/94 World Tour
Now then, it has past Christmas and hopefully many of you all had a good Xmas and hopefully a good new year when that happens. Anyway, its time for one of those updates in which we see The Beatles go out on tour and this time, it is time for them to visit new places in which you would never had thought Beatlemania would end up but that is the fun part of this TL. Anyway, without further ado, here we go again as we hit the road again!


The Cloud Nine 1993/94 World Tour

Extract from 'The Complete Beatles Chronicle' by Mark Lewisohn
The announcement of a new Beatles world tour was always going to catch great excitement with many as while the Return To Pepperland World Tour might have felt recent, it did though at the same time felt like a long time so now was a time that many felt was the right time to hit the road again. That said, between the time The Beatles had last tour and now, the world in a few short years had changed a great deal. The Cold War was over, Eastern Europe had opened up and many Beatles fans who lived there and who had to keep their love of The Beatles secret due to the communist regimes trying to stamp out what they called 'alien western propaganda', would finally have their chance in which The Beatles would perform out there. An idea that, even when the band had somehow managed to perform in Moscow on the last tour would have seemed unthinkable but then again such was how much the world had changed.

Also, there would be other dates to note in which The Beatles were to make a return to Israel to perform for the first time since 1980, likewise with a return to Hong Kong for the first time since 1964 but also a first in which would raise a few eyebrows in which they would play a show in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in which meant that the Middle East was about to have a taste of Beatlemania for the first time though the Arabs had already given them the nickname of 'Al Khanafes' plus technically this would only be their second time in Arab world if one remembers the fuel stop that the band had to make in 1964 in Beirut to let their plane stop for fuel and even then they were greeted by a massive crowd of fans though little did those fans knew than that it would be thirty years before they'd see the Fab Four performing out there.

However, a highlight of the tour would be that for the first time and, to some fans, at long last, The Beatles were to perform in Africa for the first in which South Africa, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco were to be the lucky ones to be paid a visit by The Beatles and while they would not be the first Western act to perform on the African continent, it would mean that with this, it would mean that The Beatles would enter a exclusive club of being one of the few Western acts to have played on all six continents though some joked that they should play in Antarctica just to say that they could be the first to play on all the continents on Earth. So with much planning, with the Cloud Nine tour would be planned with its dates lasting over a near full year between 1993 and 1994.

The Beatles Cloud Nine World Tour 1993/94

South American Leg

  • 15th October – Maracanã Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 16th October – Maracanã Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 18th October – Maracanã Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 19th October – Maracanã Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 21st October – Maracanã Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 23rd October – Estadio Monumental – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 24th October – Estadio Monumental – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 26th October – Estadio Nacional – Santiago, Chile
Asian Tour Leg
  • 29th October – Olympic Stadium – Seoul, South Korea
  • 30th October – Olympic Stadium – Seoul, South Korea
  • 5th November – Tokyo Dome – Tokyo, Japan
  • 6th November – Tokyo Dome – Tokyo, Japan
  • 8th November – Tokyo Dome – Tokyo, Japan
  • 9th November – Tokyo Dome – Tokyo, Japan
  • 11th November – Tokyo Dome – Tokyo, Japan
  • 13th November – Fukuoka Dome – Fukuoka, Japan
  • 14th November – Fukuoka Dome – Fukuoka, Japan
  • 19th November – Hong Kong Coliseum – Hong Kong
  • 20th November – Hong Kong Coliseum – Hong Kong
  • 22nd November – Hong Kong Coliseum – Hong Kong
  • 26th November – Stadium Merdeka – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 3rd December – Gelora Senayan Main Stadium – Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 4th December – Gelora Senayan Main Stadium – Jakarta, Indonesia
Oceania Tour Leg
  • 10th December – Subiaco Oval – Perth, Australia
  • 13th December - Adelaide Oval – Adelaide, Australia
  • 15th December – Melbourne Cricket Ground – Melbourne, Australia
  • 17th December – Sydney Cricket Ground – Sydney, Australia
  • 19th December – ANZ Stadium – Brisbane, Australia
  • 21st December – Mount Smart Stadium – Auckland, New Zealand
  • 22nd December – Mount Smart Stadium – Auckland, New Zealand
Africa And Eurasia Leg
  • 18th February – Green Point Stadium – Cape Town, South Africa
  • 19th February – Green Point Stadium – Cape Town, South Africa
  • 25th February – Johannesburg Stadium – Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 26th February – Johannesburg Stadium – Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 5th March – Kings Park Stadium – Durban, South Africa
  • 11th March – Al-Maktoum Stadium – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • 18th March – Yarkon Park – Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 19th March – Yarkon Park – Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 26th March – Cairo International Stadium – Cairo, Egypt
  • 30th March – El Menzah Stadium – Tunis, Tunisia
  • 2nd April – Stade Mohammed V – Casablanca, Morocco
  • 3rd April – Stade Mohammed V – Casablanca, Morocco
North American Leg
  • 15th April – Exhibition Stadium – Toronto, Canada
  • 17th April – Pontiac Silverdome – Pontiac, Michigan USA
  • 19th April – Soldier Field – Chicago, Illinois USA
  • 22nd April – Riverfront Stadium – Cincinnati, Ohio USA
  • 25th April – Three Rivers Stadium – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA
  • 29th April – Shea Stadium – New York City, New York USA
  • 30th April – Shea Stadium – New York City, New York USA
  • 2nd May – RFK Stadium – Washington, DC USA
  • 6th May – Busch Stadium – St. Louis, Missouri USA
  • 9th May – Georgia Dome – Atlanta, Georgia USA
  • 13th May – Florida Citrus Bowl – Orlando, Florida USA
  • 16th May – Cotton Bowl – Dallas, Texas USA
  • 20th May – Estadio Azteca – Mexico City, Mexico
  • 21st May – Estadio Azteca – Mexico City, Mexico
  • 24th May – Folsom Field – Boulder, Colorado USA
  • 27th May – Rose Bowl – Pasadena, California USA
  • 30th May – Stanford Stadium – Stanford, California USA
  • 3rd June – Civic Stadium – Portland, Oregon USA
  • 6th June – BC Place – Vancouver, Canada
  • 9th June – Winnipeg Stadium – Winnipeg, Canada
  • 12th June – Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome – Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
European Leg
  • 18th June – Wembley Stadium – London, England UK
  • 19th June – Wembley Stadium – London, England UK
  • 22nd June – Cardiff Arms Park – Cardiff, Wales UK
  • 24th June – Glasgow Green – Glasgow, Scotland UK
  • 27th June – RDS Arena – Dublin, Ireland
  • 29th June – Estádio José Alvalade – Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1st July – Santiago Bernabéu Stadium – Madrid, Spain
  • 3rd July – Camp Nou – Barcelona, Spain
  • 6th July – Stadio Olimpico – Rome, Italy
  • 8th July – San Siro – Milan, Italy
  • 10th July – Letzigrund – Zürich, Switzerland
  • 12th July – Stade de Gerland – Lyon, France
  • 14th July – Hippodrome de Vincennes – Paris, France
  • 16th July – Stadion Feijenoord – Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 18th July – Volksparkstadion – Hamburg, Germany
  • 20th July – Olympiastadion (Berlin) – Berlin, Germany
  • 22nd July – Olympiastadion (Munich) – Munich, Germany
  • 24th July – Letná Park – Prague, Czech Republic
  • 27th July – Stadion Śląski – Warsaw, Poland
  • 30th July – Népstadion – Budapest, Hungary
  • 3rd August – Stadionul Național – Bucharest, Romania
  • 6th August – Luzhniki Stadium – Moscow, Russia
  • 9th August – Petrovsky Stadium – St Petersburg, Russia
  • 12th August – Valle Hovin – Oslo, Norway
  • 14th August – Ullevi – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 19th August – Parken Stadium – Copenhagen, Denmark
Much like the last tour, it was a massive tour that was to appeal to mass demand to see the band once again although this time unlike the last tour, there was to be several staggered gaps in the dates to allow more breaks for the band that was needed to try and relax more but even then it was still a large tour and this was reflected in just to move all the stage equipment. When in 1964 when The Beatles first crisscrossed America with just a single truck carrying all their equipment in what was from a modern perspective rather amateur, the difference now with this tour was massive in which a total of sixty five trucks would be needed to carry all the stage equipment during the European leg alone which was now pretty much a small army helping to put on this show and really did put into context into just how far the world of touring had grown.

As much as it was all about the music, it did seem that staging and lighting could if done well yet never distract audiences from the music then it could really work as a large West End or Broadway musical in which the staging for the Cloud Nine World Tour was going to be perhaps the most visually stunning Beatles tours of all time in which would make even the much lauded Return To Pepperland World Tour look cheap in comparison. While the Fab Four would have much of the same backing of musicians helping them out from Ray Cooper on percussion to Paul 'Wix' Wickens on Keyboards and acoustic guitar for certain numbers along with the four piece horn section and ten piece string section with George Martin conducting them and once more acting as the tour's musical director, staging was going to look very different.

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Interview of Paul McCartney (2018)
There really was that pushing to try and do better in which while sound wise we knew we had it spot on to make the songs sound the best as possible, it was felt by Brian [Epstein] that we really should make the staging better and even John [Lennon] agreed with this. Michael Jackson had just done his Dangerous World Tour [1] which really look spectacular and for all you can say about him, he really did put a lot of effort into making it look stunning and there was a bit of trying to go one-up on what had come before and even if it would cost far more than the last tour which was already expensive, the hype around a Beatles tour was also just over the top and we would have to make it bigger than before even if we liked it or not. That really was a curse of being the biggest band in the world but we did have John Napier to help us out who really is pretty much the real hero of that tour who without him the shows would have looked very different.

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Extract From 'The Highpoint: The Story Of The Beatles' Cloud Nine Tour' By Timothy Capaldi
The hiring of John Napier as the tour's set designer was considered by many as a coup and an inspired bit of hiring. For those who follow the world of musical theatre, John Napier needs no really introduction in which he by that point had already been involved with designing the sets for many musicals on both the West End and Broadway ranging from the likes of Cats, Starlight Express, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and most recently at that time having just done Sunset Boulevard all just to name a few to show had vast his experience was to make a spectacle though it must be said that even he would have his hands full in trying to pull off that same sort of stage in a large stadium setting rather than that of a theatre setting though nonetheless he would get to work with of course having to deal with each of The Beatles all suggesting ideas for what they wanted for each of their songs. The show would also feature painted stage sets (at the time the world's largest, measuring 16,400 square feet) [2] and projections which all went to show how much effort was going into this tour.

There would be highlights of Napier's work at play which complimented the songs they were played with rather than steal the show from them in which for example in Band On The Run, the staging would start off as if the setting being that of a prison setting (stuck behind these four walls as the song suggests) before eventually pulling back as in the band has escaped; The Merseybeat Medley would be another simple 'roll on, roll off' set design in which an archway would form around the band to give the impression of the band perform at the famous Cavern Club and Live And Let Die would of course have the more pyro heavy effects for its number [3]. Those were just an example but nonetheless staging wise the shows looked stunning and were unlike anything The Beatles had done before and combine that with the full fleshed out sound of the backing musicians the band had with them, it was all setting up to be a show that would really be the peak of Beatles live performance.

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Extract from ‘Renaissance: The Beatles In The 1990's' by Alyson Henderson
The tour itself would be large as before though this time it was made clear that the band wanted a little more breaks in between to help with fatigue that might build up and in the case of the opening shows in Rio, the band would remain in the same setting and not have the need to travel fully in which was done as a why to gently ease into touring for the rest of the tour. Speaking of Rio, the band's huge following in Brazilian really never died as in Beatlemania never did die out in this corner of the world and such was huge demand to see the band live that the legendary Maracanã Stadium would greet them once again though the band were to make another bit of history in which from the 15th to the 21st October, the band would play to five large sell out shows to a grand total of just over 900,000 people (an estimated 183,000 for each show) in which The Beatles became the only band to sell out the Maracanã on five days straight and where it not for the fact that the stadium was needed for other uses, they could have actually sold out for at least another three shows.

Nonetheless prior before leaving Brazil to head for Argentina, the band would be presented by the then mayor of Rio, Cesar Maia, an award for being the first act to do so and would win freedom for the city of Rio which was an unexpected yet welcomed way to begin the tour. Following the this the South American leg of the journey would go along without further incident in which two sell out shows in Buenos Aires would follow in the Argentine capital before returning to Santiago in Chile to end the South American leg of the tour before Asia would follow and with it, a return to South Korea would happen in which would mark the start of the Asian leg of the tour and they would play in the Olympic Stadium, the same venue used on the last tour when they played in Seoul.

Those two shows in contrast were very much a warm up act for what was to be the Japanese part of the tour though Korean Beatles fans were nonetheless more than happy to see the Fab Four in person once again and after two successful shows, it was onwards for Japan though unlike the mini tour of the Rising Sun that had happened before, things were to be different. Because of it being the time of year in which stadium shows would not have been uncomfortable in the winter (likely not to repeat the freezing Canadian shows on the last tour in which nearly froze the band then), it would mean that The Beatles would play in large enclosed arenas in which at that time there were only two large arenas that were actually suitable and they would be the Tokyo Dome and Fukuoka Dome in Tokyo and Fukuoka respectably which may have seemed like a very small number of locations but the band would play at the Tokyo Dome for five shows and two in Fukuoka and in all honesty, playing in arenas compared to the stadiums was in terms of the effects was actually more better.

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Extract From 'The Highpoint: The Story Of The Beatles' Cloud Nine Tour' By Timothy Capaldi
While John Napier had created a stage setting that looked stunning that when viewed up close looked good yet in a large stadium in which audiences would be a long way back, some wouldn't be able to see the staging which in some ways would have made all that effort look pointless, not to mention that some effects thrived in a enclosed area rather than in an opened space area. That was not to be the case for when the Japanese shows came about in which the enclosed setting for those shows would help make all those efforts come into their own in which in such a setting, the effects looked more better and many would note that visually wise that the Japanese shows were one of the few shows on tour that looked the best.

That all said, few really cared about such a pretty staging and were there to hear the songs by The Beatles and all audiences would with such a lush sound that helped really flesh out the songs, it really was the songs and on this tour, the band would play some songs that were expected yet others that few would have believed they would play but it was all to be a treat for many Beatles fans alike.

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Extract from 'The Complete Beatles Chronicle' by Mark Lewisohn
When it came down to the setlist, it was said that when it came to making a setlist for a Beatles show is perhaps the most difficult task for any tour as it would have to give a fair balance for everyone in the band to have their moment to shine and this tour would be no exception but after much debate on a list that everyone could agree with, the final setlist for the tour would be compiled.
Cloud Nine 1993/94 Setlist

1) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
2) With A Little Help From My Friends
3) Cloud 9
4) Come Together
5) Taxman
5) Watching The Wheels
6) I Am The Walrus
7) Something
8) Live And Let Die
9) When We Were Fab
10) Band On The Run
11) Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)
12) Merseybeat Medley (I Want To Hold Your Hand/Please Please Me/She Loves You)
13) Here Comes The Sun
14) Hope Of Deliverance
15) Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
16) My Love (Swapped with Maybe I'm Amazed for the 1994 leg)
17) The Long And Winding Road (Swapped with Lady Madonna for the 1994 leg)
18) Dream Away
19) Runaways
20) A Hard Day's Night
21) If I Needed Someone
22) Day Tripper (Swapped with Michelle for the French shows)
23) Back Off Boogaloo (Swapped with It Don't Come Easy for the 1994 leg)
24) Tomorrow Never Knows
25) My Sweet Lord
26) Coming Up (Swapped with Mull Of Kintyre during the Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Scotland shows)
27) A Day In The Life/ Give Peace A Chance
28) Hear Me Lord
29) All Things Must Pass
30) C'mon People (Swapped with I Saw Her Standing There for the 1994 leg onwards)
31) Strawberry Fields Forever
32) Hey Jude
Encore
33) While My Guitar Gently Weeps
34) Yesterday
35) Imagine
36) Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

While the setlist featured many songs from the previous tours, as well as the popular Merseybeat Medley that would stick with all future Beatle related shows, it would feature many new songs from Cloud Nine being played as well as at least one song from nearly every Beatles album as possible though given how vast the entire Beatles catalogue is for music, it would be an impossible task. However, it was the inclusion of the experimental masterpiece of Tomorrow Never Knows from Revolver would find its way on the setlist and while John Lennon had performed it live during his ill fated New York shows from a few years ago, this would be the first time that the song would be performed with the whole band and with the technology to play the song live and the song's tippy nature would be amplified by John Napier's set and lighting design which all made it a visual treat to the eyes.

Of course, over the reminder of the tour, some songs were swapped around either for certain shows that had a song playing for a certain show or totally swapped entirely though a curious omission from the setlist was Back In The USSR in which given how the band were returning to Russia to perform on this tour and had played the song in Russia when they played in Moscow, the Russia during this time was a very different place. The Soviet Union was gone and given how by the time the band would be playing in a now capitalist Russia that was moving away from its USSR background, playing that song out there would have seemed out of touch so it was dropped at the last minute though that didn't meant to say that some Russian Beatle fans would be disappointed by it's omission anyway.

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Extract from ‘Renaissance: The Beatles In The 1990's' by Alyson Henderson
After the sell Japanese shows were completed, the band would carry on for the next stage of the tour in which next up would see the band play in Hong Kong for the first time since 1964 although it must be remembered on that trip that Ringo Starr had been unable to be with the band at that time due to being diagnosed with severe tonsillitis, and hospitalized for a few days in London and that his place would have to be taken up by Jimmie Nicol on drums [4] which makes for a curious case of Beatles history. Not the case here in which now, Beatles fans in Hong Kong would get to see all of The Beatles performing live at long last. The three Hong Kong shows would, as expected on this tour, easy sell outs yet the band wouldn't have time to relax in Hong Kong before next up, Malaysia came calling and as the band had flown over the equator line of the world, the winter that they had grown use to suddenly would all turn rather humid as they were about to experience the southern hemisphere's winter.

When they arrived to play in Kuala Lumpur, it was actually the first time they had been there since 1975 and a visit there by the band would be long overdue in which while the show went without much incident, other than during one moment in which Paul McCartney breaking a string on his Hofner bass guitar and having to swap with a back up bass, it would be remember best by George Harrison as the utter humidity made playing quite challenging. The final part of the Asian leg would be quite be the anticipated affair in which for the first time ever, The Beatles were to perform in Indonesia and Beatlemania would finally capture this corner of the world and two shows would await the band when they arrived in Jakarta.

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Extract From 'The Highpoint: The Story Of The Beatles' Cloud Nine Tour' By Timothy Capaldi
Indonesia's inclusion in the tour was one that many felt had been a long time coming in which even before The Beatles had arrived there, the country had already hosted several Western acts before it from Mick Jagger to The Bee Gees so The Beatles weren't exactly breaking ground here. Nonetheless though, they would be playing to seventy thousand people in both shows though once again, it would be humid affairs due to the temperature in which Ringo Starr would joke that by the sixth song in the list, they were already sweating and some of the effects for the shows weren't working as good, not that the audience cared for that as they were there to hear The Beatles perform live in their home country. With that though, the Asian leg of the tour was completed though there was actually one more location that wanted them back.

That country would course be the Philippines who despite no longer being a dictatorship under the Marcos family, The Beatles would still refuse to go back due to keeping their pact of never playing there again in which the memories of that time out there were still painful and once again, Beatles fans in the Philippines would never get to see the Fab Four in their country again still.

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Extract from ‘Renaissance: The Beatles In The 1990's' by Alyson Henderson
The final shows of 1993 would be for the Oceania leg in which over December, right in what would be the summer down there in Australia and New Zealand, The Beatles would be welcomed once again Down Under in which these shows were a fairly uneventful affair although towards the end of 1993, Harrison's voice was starting to go a bit and it was clear that the end of the 1993 leg of the tour couldn't happen quick enough which his voice sounding like that in 1974. Harrison would not look back on fondly during that time Down Under with the fact he was feeling ill, likely thanks to constant changing climates the band were going through on that tour yet he couldn't pull out now given how close they were to playing and with promoters demanding it, the band would have to grin and bare it though despite the band's best efforts trying to cover for Harrison, his bad vocals stood out like a sore thumb and in many ways, postponing those shows would have been for the best but alas it was too late.

With the final show taking place on December 22nd in Auckland, New Zealand, the band would take a much needed long break for Christmas and for well over a month in which the band would have recouped their energy and would begin again in February 1994 in which the biggest highlight of the tour was to happen in which Africa and the Middle East awaited to see The Beatles perform live and the first country to take them on first would be South Africa. A South African country that undergoing many changes and was very different in this new world than just from a few years ago.

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Extract From 'The Highpoint: The Story Of The Beatles' Cloud Nine Tour' By Timothy Capaldi
To have The Beatles to perform in South Africa had been a long held idea for many years yet apartheid in the country had made the country into something of a pariah on the world stage in which segregation was part of life and The Beatles would flat our refuse to play for such segregated audiences as what was famously seen in 1964 when they played at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville which unintentionally ended segregation there [5] and the idea of playing to a mixed audience in South Africa in that time would have seemed like a Herculean task. This would have seemed more difficult in which following Lennon's infamous 'Bigger Than Jesus' comment in 1966, the South African Broadcast Corporation would ban Beatles records for at least five years though it seemed unlikely the Fab Four would play in South Africa nonetheless Beatles fans in South Africa still held out hope that the band would visit.

That said, the apartheid reign meant that The Beatles would refuse to play out there unless they would get to play to a mixed audience and South Africa being given a notorious reputation by many as even the United Nations requested entertainers to boycott the country and Britain's Musicians’ Union banned any of its members from performing in which The Beatles would be part of this. That said, The Beatles' fellow Apple peers would in a well documented case actually perform at South Africa's Sun City casino in 1984 in transgression of the boycott caused considerable controversy, prompting criticism in the British music press and their standing in the eyes of many went down and might have never recovered were it not for Live Aid just a year later [6]. Years later such a move to play out there would, according to drummer Rodger Taylor regret that time as he would state that, "We went with the best intentions, but I still think it was kind of a mistake."

Fearing of such a similar thing happening to The Beatles, a planned performance out in South Africa for the Return To Pepperland World Tour had been planned to take place in 1988 but with the backlash to Queen still in the minds of many, that date would be cancelled. That said with the death of apartheid now looking certain, South Africa was no longer on a blacklist for artists and finally, The Beatles would perform out there to kick start their 1994 leg in which they would play in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town and Beatles fans out there who had waited for so long would finally get to see them perform live and, much that what the band had wanted to see, they would get to play to mixed race audiences and that time in South Africa would mark the moment that the band had played on six continents.

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Extract from ‘Renaissance: The Beatles In The 1990's' by Alyson Henderson
Once Beatlemania had left South Africa, a time that many would describe as a historic time for all concern, the band would head to new surroundings in which they would leave the African continent behind and this time to the Middle East of all places in which the United Arab Emirates would await the band as they prepared to perform live in Dubai at the Al-Maktoum Stadium. This would be one of the strangest concerts to date the band had done in which though an oil rich country which still had ancient human rights laws that were reports of government critics of being imprisoned and tortured, families harassed by state security apparatus, and cases of forced disappearances which didn't go unnoticed by the band who felt that despite all the bright lights and modern day look of the country that something didn't sit right with the band.

Lennon would feel the most edgy of performing out in Dubai as being the most politically aware of the band, he would privately made his feelings clear that he didn't like to perform in Dubai noting that it would have been like playing in apartheid South Africa. While the show on March 11th would go without a hitch, it would be a rather subdued performance in which a rather conservative audience and a band that looked uncomfortable made it it one of the weaker Beatles show as anyone could tell from their body language that they didn't want to be there. Exactly how it was included on this tour has been a source of debate in which some say that the Promoter offered a huge amount of (oil) money to get The Beatles to perform in Dubai which was accept by the Apple higher ups though Sir Brian Epstein would admit in the years that followed that performing out there was a mistake and while there was no chaos as what had happened in the Philippines, they still felt dirty performing out there and all four would speak very little about that time other than the fact they simply played there. It would be the first and last time The Beatles performed in the Middle East.

In contrast to that though, Israel would follow and this time it would be a more happier affair. The band's first time there since 1980 would be highly anticipated and would be one of the few shows that would be played in a wide open park (Yarkon Park) over two nights. Oddly enough, it was here that Epstein would end up being perhaps being more famous than the actually band itself which would have seemed unthinkable yet due to his Jewish heritage, him coming out and being very much the head of a media empire, Epstein would enjoy. Prior before the shows in Israel, he would give out an interview on television promoting the concerts though he note that the interviewer seemed more keen in talking about this life. Nonetheless, the two shows in Tel Aviv would be a success and next, The Beatles would return to Africa for the next set of shows there.

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Extract From 'The Highpoint: The Story Of The Beatles' Cloud Nine Tour' By Timothy Capaldi
The final shows for the African and Eurasian leg of the tour would see the band tour North Africa in which Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco were to all see flying visits by the Fab Four. Of course, much has been said that The Beatles had already been in Tunisia when they went with the Monty Python group to film Life Of Brian many years ago but that this would be the first time that the band would perform live there though there had been hopes that the band could have performed in North Africa much earlier. Back when planning dates for the Return To Pepperland World Tour had started, there was some serious consideration to have the band perform live out there but due to the inner turmoil in the country at that time, that plan was dropped. Now however, Beatles fans across North Africa would all get to see the band live.

When the band arrived in Cairo and took time to soak up the reception that welcomed them to the country, they took the time to act like tourists in which in one famous photo as taken by Linda McCartney would have the Fab Four posing in front of the pyramids and frolicking like typical tourists on vacation. In fact, to see much of the famous sites with their respective families was actually one of the more heart-warming aspects of the tour in which they didn't need to act like Beatles but rather just as husbands or fathers for their families and years later the band would all express how much they enjoyed that time in Egypt mainly just to experience what other tourists would get to see on a average basis.

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Extract from ‘Renaissance: The Beatles In The 1990's' by Alyson Henderson
There is much to say on the North African shows other than the fact that the band would play to many packed audiences who likely all took the shows perhaps far more important than perhaps what the rest of the world might do as they would treat these shows as events and for good reason given how huge The Beatles were undergoing during their renaissance period in the 1990s. Nonetheless, the fact that they had managed to tour over a good chunk of Africa was enough to say that that could firmly tick off Africa from the list of places that the band had performed in.

Next up would be a trip over the Atlantic as North America awaited them and with it, a America that was very much basking in Beatles nostalgia that was marking thirty years when The Beatles first appeared in the Ed Sullivan show back in 1964. Hard to believe it had been that long since then that the Fab Four had changed much other of the musical world since that time. The tour plan for the 1994 North American leg of the tour would have the band start in Toronto Canada before heading down over the border into the United States to Pontiac, Michigan before heading to Chicago and then head eastwards via Cincinnati (where they hadn't played there since 1966) and Pittsburgh before heading all the way roughly down the east coast to Mexico.

After that, the tour would carry on in a rough circle of the North American continent in which then the tour would go to Boulder in Colorado (a first visit to that state since 1964) before moving up the west coast towards Vancouver in Canada before moving eastwards towards Winnipeg before finally the North American leg of the tour would end in Kansas City. However, before the tour could kick start, ticket sales for that show were poor and that show was cancelled with the tour ending in Minneapolis instead. Nonetheless, that North American leg of the tour would be a complete mix of stadium and large arenas though it must be said that the later were preferred by the band as oddly enough no matter the size of the arena, it did help create an intimate atmosphere at times that couldn't be done in a open stadium setting, not to mention the stage effects would work better in that environment.

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Extract from 'The Complete Beatles Chronicle' by Mark Lewisohn
While the Cloud Nine World Tour would be about to promote the album of the same name, it can be joked that the tour, mainly in North America at least, could had also doubled as a promotion for the upcoming Beatles Anthology project that was due for release in the following year though also it might have been also thought of a a 30th anniversary tour to mark the band's legendary appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and during the start of the tour which acted as part self promotion and part nostalgic memories of The Beatles, a documented was made (no connection to Anthology) which would be of many famous celebrity fans talking about The Beatles from where were they when they first heard of the band, their favourite song, album or any moment in Beatles history.

The documentary itself called 30 Years Of Beatlemania would be broadcasted during the summer of 1994 and it really is a documentary of its time in which it featured a who's who of famous faces either still well known to this day or of just of that time who have all been all but forgotten about. Either way in a nutshell, it was a tour that could be said to have been promoting many things related to The Beatles but what matter was that North American Beatles fans were about to see the band once again performing live. That said, it was a tour not without issues in which during the opening Toronto show, half way during the performance the stage suffered a power cut in which a bemused band and fans would have to wait nearly half an hour until the power came back on again though it did delay the show greatly.

Not the best start but there would be more issues to follow. More technical Gremlins would happen in which during the show the show in St Louis, Ringo Starr's mic kept flicking on and off clearly faulty and a frustrated Lennon would as heard on many bootleg recordings being clearly fed up that nothing was being done to help Ringo would cry out, "Give him a fucking mic that works!" He would get a mic that worked though that phrase would unintentionally become a popular saying in the years to follow as one of Lennon's sayings.

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Extract From 'The Highpoint: The Story Of The Beatles' Cloud Nine Tour' By Timothy Capaldi
When it came time to perform in Mexico for two straight nights, the band's fame in Latin America had never really died out though the first show at the Estadio Azteca would be a dangerous affair in which demand had been so great though the band could have easily had played for four straight shows however, due to other shows on the tour and to try and give the band a more relaxed approach as best as possible compared to the last tour, it was reduced to just two shows. However, this wouldn't stop the Mexican promoter of those shows for over selling tickets meaning that the first night of the show was one that on the ground level (an all standing area) was dangerously over filled with fans crammed together barely able to move and the promoter's own greed to sell more tickets than needed would come home to roost.

During that show, a surge followed which caused the front barrier to collapse with the area near the front of the stage and the show had to stop with many injuries happening. It was indeed a low point of the tour though McCartney would lament on that first show saying that despite how horrible that moment was, it was a miracle that no fatalities happened then. The following the show the second night would be more safer affair although there was a heighted security presence compared to before to make sure such an incident happened again and with that, the band left Mexico behind and onwards back the United States in where they would head to Boulder in Colorado. That show itself would go without incident and then it was time to head to California in where things would be a little different from before.

Prior to signing off the dates, it had been planned to play in Los Angeles and San Francisco as what they had also had done before but it would have meant to play for an extra night for each show and as a way to cutting down on how many shows they'd play both shows would instead move to the largest venues as possible in which the band would for the first time play at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and the Stanford Stadium in Stanford, the former being the location of the tour's official concert film. From this point onwards, the band would make another bit of history in which they would head to Portland in Oregon to play in their first ever show in that state. Following that show, there had been plans to play in Seattle but instead the band would have that show happen in Vancouver, their first show there since 1964.

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Extract from ‘Renaissance: The Beatles In The 1990's' by Alyson Henderson
The remainder of the North American tour would, despite some minor issues for effects not working, broken guitar strings and other such issues, be a great success in which having a successful tour of the United States, Canada and Mexico could be considered a great success yet however the tour wasn't over just yet as Europe awaited and with that, the final leg of this mammoth tour. After a little rest following their return from America, the band would kick start the European tour with two shows at Wembley stadium before going on a little tour of the British isles seeing them go to Cardiff, Glasgow and finally in Dublin in Ireland though plans were considered to have a show in Belfast in Northern Ireland yet this being the time of the Troubles the threat of attacks and the fact of a suitable location wasn't found, that plan was scrapped.

After that, a tour of the European continent could begin starting off in Lisbon in Portugal and followed a similar route near identical to that on the Return To Pepperland World Tour minus some different venues. However, it was when the band arrived in Germany that the affects of the end of the Cold War were first evident here as the three shows in Hamburg, Berlin and Munich would mark the first time that The Beatles would be playing in a reunified Germany and this was more felt in Berlin in which while it was not the first time that they had played there, it would be historic that allowed those living in the former East Berlin and the rest of East Germany for that matter to see The Beatles perform live and that show in Berlin would be broadcasted live to the nation.

Once much of Wester European had been visited, it was time for new ground to be covered as with the Iron Curtain having fallen, the band moved onwards to tour Eastern Europe for the first time in which they would play shows in Czechia, Poland, Hungary and Romania before ending in a now no-Soviet Russia. Starr would remark that the idea of playing behind the Iron Curtain had seemed like some far off dream way back in the 60s but here they were now with the band arriving in Prague to play at Letná Park and they were stunned to be greeted by a huge crowd of 125,000 Beatles fans to see and hear them live with perhaps a good number of them having crossed the border from a now independent Slovakia. Funnily enough, not use to there now being two countries, Lennon would make mistakes of still referring to the country as Czechoslovakia at times before correcting himself. Fair to say many more outside of the country would make the same mistake...

After that, Warsaw in Poland followed before another show would take place in Budapest in Hungary which would all be firsts for the band though it was the show in Bucharest in Romania that was to be the highlight of the tour. Given the history of how Harrison's wife Olivia had done much regarding the story of the Romanian orphans, it was felt that a show there to raise funds for that cause would be vital and it is said that when Olivia first heard about a possible show in Romania, she would be the one who insisted on that happening and so, that would be the little tale of how The Beatles would play in Romania. With the horrors of the fall of communism and how the country was left in such a devasted state, the arrival of The Beatles would mark a welcome respite for the the Romanians in which the audience during that show was perhaps one of the most vocal of the audiences that the band encountered which only helped make them play a better show than normal.

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Extract From 'The Highpoint: The Story Of The Beatles' Cloud Nine Tour' By Timothy Capaldi
That show in Bucharest is perhaps one of the more iconic Beatle shows in which the band literally had no idea what to expect yet it seemed that Beatlemania had really given the people of Romania joy and it was fair to say that many who had dreamt in those dark days of Communism in which The Beatles were considered alien propaganda that was banned by the official government, the sight of seeing that band perform in their country would have been a tearjerker to many that they knew they felt finally free and that they would never need to hide their love for The Beatles as what was felt across much of Eastern Europe. With that show, it was finally to move onwards for a very different Russia to the one that The Beatles had left behind.

The sight of Western capitalism being seen around Moscow was very much a shock to the band to see how much had changed. Nonetheless, while that show went well, the band would all admit years later that it didn't have quite the same feeling as before in which while that they had done it before and that they were still quite shocked at how much had changed the last time they were there. Following that, they would have another Russian show and that would take place in St Petersburg in which that show was a more enjoyable affair as it was a place that they had no clue what to expect and that they would get to see a part of Russia that still had much of its ancient pre-USSR look. With that done, the band had three final stops to do and that was a mini tour of Scandinavia to follow.

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Extract from ‘Renaissance: The Beatles In The 1990's' by Alyson Henderson
Though Sweden had seen The Beatles perform live as recent as 1988, both Denmark and Norway had not had a visit by The Beatles since 1975 so it would the right time to make a visit by the band in which Sweden would be played first in Gothenburg before making the trip over to Oslo in Norway before the final show on that tour would be in Copenhagen in Denmark in which while the band everyone involve with that tour were tired, they would give one good final performance on August 19th which would finally mark the end of the Cloud Nine World Tour and with it, that the band had finally played on all six continents. With its special effects, setting, lighting, improved sound and of an era in which the band were enjoying an new burst of popularity, the Cloud Nine World Tour is regarded as truly the peak of a Beatles live performing.

Indeed, the tour itself would actually be the highest grossing tour of the 1990s when it was all done and the band would all take a long break in which while the band was committed to Anthology, no one really knew what the future held for the band as behind all the grandness of that tour, there had been issues with certain people in the Beatles' respected circles that 1994 would bring with some dead and some living. Plus, when that band left the stage in Copenhagen, few knew it then that this tour would be the last time the band would have a World Tour together.


[1] That tour still happens as OTL.
[2] As what was seen on Macca's 1993 tour in OTL.
[3] As what happens when that show is performed live like with OTL.
[4] As what happened with OTL too.
[5] Can't forgot the importance of that certain show.
[6] Yes, Queen still do that show in South Africa at that time which many would regard as a mistake.

And there we are, another tour done and dusted and writing them can be tiring to do but its good to get it done. Hope you all had a good Christmas and a soon to be good New Year to follow as it is quite funny to think how far I've come with this TL. Now yes, I left you all on a cliff-hanger of an ending there in which there will be a dark chapter in the next update in which we shall see events outside of that tour and what else happened in 1994. But yes, we are getting towards the end of the TL soon but I'd like to know where among other Beatles TL's does this rank with them?

Anyway, next time you'll hear from me, it'll be in the New Year so until then, have a Happy New Year and see you all next time!

 
I have to say that this ranks as my favorite Beatles TL. Though it does sadden me that we won't be seeing any more World Tours. Also if we are nearing the end, at what point will you end this timeline? Will it be after the Anthology? I was hoping to see you go until "Now and Then" in 2023.
 
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Another cool update and I would also rank this as my fave Beatles TL, good story and easily the longest Beatles TL I've seen and even though I'll be sad to see it end at least it will have a proper ending and not be abandoned like so many TL's here on AH.
 
I have to say that this ranks as my favorite Beatles TL. Though it does sadden me that we won't be seeing any more World Tours. Also if we are nearing the end, at what point will you end this timeline? Will it be after the Anthology? I was hoping to see you go until "Now and Then" in 2023.
Not to say much spoilers but Now And Then will be getting released earlier here given it was written many years ago IOTL so likely it'll be out sooner here. Plus there is a few more years yet to go in the TL.
Another cool update and I would also rank this as my fave Beatles TL, good story and easily the longest Beatles TL I've seen and even though I'll be sad to see it end at least it will have a proper ending and not be abandoned like so many TL's here on AH.
Thanks and yes, there are too many abandoned Beatles TL on here and I do intend to have this TL reach its ending which honestly I can't find a Beatles TL that did finish. Still, will be good to actually be perhaps the first to do this.
 
Not to say much spoilers but Now And Then will be getting released earlier here given it was written many years ago IOTL so likely it'll be out sooner here. Plus there is a few more years yet to go in the TL.

Thanks and yes, there are too many abandoned Beatles TL on here and I do intend to have this TL reach its ending which honestly I can't find a Beatles TL that did finish. Still, will be good to actually be perhaps the first to do this.
There was a short Beatles TL on the Ninth Revolution thread by Asharella, it was short but very good.
 
Not to say much spoilers but Now And Then will be getting released earlier here given it was written many years ago IOTL so likely it'll be out sooner here. Plus there is a few more years yet to go in the TL.

Thanks and yes, there are too many abandoned Beatles TL on here and I do intend to have this TL reach its ending which honestly I can't find a Beatles TL that did finish. Still, will be good to actually be perhaps the first to do this.
Could you give me a specific year? It'll help me with a project. I know John isn't dying since he has an interview from 2017. My guess is either George, Kurt or Brian dies and that's the dark ending. All I need to know is the specific year that the project ends on. I plan on possbly making a follow up to this TL and was wondering if whenever your fic ends, you could help me with the altered album tracklists. I can do Paul and Ringo's stuff, but for John and George I'll need help. If you could give me a quote or reply that would be great.
 
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Could you give me a specific year? It'll help me with a project. I know John isn't dying since he has an interview from 2017. My guess is either George, Kurt or Brian dies and that's the dark ending. All I need to know is the specific year that the project ends on. I plan on possbly making a follow up to this TL and was wondering if whenever your fic ends, you could help me with the altered album tracklists. I can do Paul and Ringo's stuff, but for John and George I'll need help. If you could give me a quote or reply that would be great.
Alright, I like to keep things close but I'll say a few things...
Though I don't want to give away details, there will be two more Beatles albums and the TL will end in 2002 with an epilogue chapter taking us up to sometime either in 2017/18 with Epstein's fate.
 
Alright, I like to keep things close but I'll say a few things...
Though I don't want to give away details, there will be two more Beatles albums and the TL will end in 2002 with an epilogue chapter taking us up to sometime either in 2017/18 with Epstein's fate.
Thank you! This helps a lot
 
Not to say much spoilers but Now And Then will be getting released earlier here given it was written many years ago IOTL so likely it'll be out sooner here. Plus there is a few more years yet to go in the TL.

Thanks and yes, there are too many abandoned Beatles TL on here and I do intend to have this TL reach its ending which honestly I can't find a Beatles TL that did finish. Still, will be good to actually be perhaps the first to do this.
Theres no beatles timelines that were finished on this website, but the first version of the blog Strawberry Peppers was finished, and that was kinda a beatles timeline (it covered losts of artists but the beatles plot was one of the main ones. http://strawberrypeppersalthistory.blogspot.com/

Also, i have mentioned about non-album singles. Could, after this is finished, work on what those could be (if you dont want me to, thats fine, i have other things to work on), or album covers as i have a few ideas for those.

Excelent timeline Q, maybe the best i’ve seen
 
Theres no beatles timelines that were finished on this website, but the first version of the blog Strawberry Peppers was finished, and that was kinda a beatles timeline (it covered losts of artists but the beatles plot was one of the main ones. http://strawberrypeppersalthistory.blogspot.com/

Also, i have mentioned about non-album singles. Could, after this is finished, work on what those could be (if you dont want me to, thats fine, i have other things to work on), or album covers as i have a few ideas for those.

Excelent timeline Q, maybe the best i’ve seen
There is one Beatles TL that was finished over on the Ninth Revolution thread, it's a short one but it is finished.
I can post a link to the thread but I don't remember what page it's on.
 
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