Thank you all for your comments, really do appreciate them. Now then, we move onwards for the next update on the list in which at long last, not only do The Beatles return to touring which I suspect would have been one of the most hyped comeback events ITTL for sure, let’s start off with The Beatles back on the road once again!
The 1971 Imagine UK And European Tour
Extract from 'Epstein vs Klein - The Battle For The Beatles' by Janie E. Black
Following the successful release of Imagine
on May 7th 1971, the dreaded question that always followed the band like a band stench rose once again...are The Beatles going to tour again? The story of why the band had quit touring in 1966 is well documented from after years of deafening screams, ropey planning that in some case were hastily planned on the back of envelopes, exhausting schedules that even then were crazy and the infamy of the 1966 tour in which the band, mainly John regarding his infamous 'Jesus' comments, had nearly gotten them killed had been the final straw for the band and would go on a indefinite hiatus from the touring scene. By 1971, the world of touring had changed a great deal the moment the band left the stage at Candlestick Park in 1966 in which now the prospect of a tour that the band could finally hear themselves was now possible and from what they would experience of the sound system they had at Woodstock, it proved that the hype was real.
While the idea of touring following the release of All Things Must Pass
hadn't really been a thing given how then the band wasn't even sure of its own future to truly commit to touring, however the release of another album in Imagine, the appearance at Woodstock and the demand from Beatles fans to see their heroes on a stage together and playing the songs that had become the soundtrack a generation was all building up to that moment in which the band would finally get back on the road after a six year absence though how the Imagine
Tour would come about came in perhaps the most oddest reasons possible. When asked during a press release for Imagine prior to its release, many journalists would ask the question about committing to touring again (something John Lennon would remark saying that he had a pound for every time he heard someone ask that then he would have been able to pay all the debts Apple owed).
The band would try and be diplomatic as possible by saying only if they felt it was right. Brian Epstein too would repeat this as he knew that he wouldn't want to force the band into touring given how he still felt that he was to partially to blame for the band quit touring, mainly after 1966 which had seem the band turn on him after how that all went down though Epstein would privately admit that he would love to see the band on stage once again as it did feel like it had been too long for Beatles fans to see them perform again - not including Woodstock and the rooftop concert. The only one who didn't get the message was Allen Klein. He like the rest of the world had wanted to see The Beatles live and had been left frustrated that the band, apart from Paul McCartney, had shown a lack of interest in touring.
It was in his typical New York slick style that he would hustle the band about into making now the perfect time to tour and since they had experienced a modern sound system at Woodstock and had worked well, there was no excuse that audiences wouldn't be able to hear them. There are many conflicting stories over how The Beatles agreed to it either rather reluctantly or half-heartedly said it not being all that serious about it. As of a result, Klein would badly misread the situation entirely in which he would, without letting the band or even Epstein the chance, to announce the world that the band was the make a long-awaited return to playing live again for that summer though didn't say exactly where the band would be. It was so out of the blue and unexpected that none in the band had been aware of the announcement taking place when to give an example of how rushed it was, McCartney would only find out while taking a break on his farm in Scotland a local had went up to him and told him the announcement and asked when he might get tickets.
To say Klein's forceful nature didn't go down well with the band at first who - having wanted to announce any tour themselves - would be angry at how Klein had handled the situation, yet they couldn't express themselves in public as they would have to put on a forced happy face that they couldn't wait to return to the road again and demand for tickets were at record levels. Epstein himself was also angry at Klein at how he had handled it and it seemed to have borne a striking resemblance of how he handled the band's tours in the early days, and he feared that history would repeat itself. Away from the prying eyes of the public who were all drooling over that announcement of tickets to go on sale - the band, Klein and Epstein would all engage in a war of words that what Klein did was wrong, yes, the band would admit the time was probably right to return to perform live again given the advantage of technology for live shows by this point but were not happy that Klein had did it all for his own good with some thinking to this day that him announcing to the world all by himself was his way of trying to show off his credentials of why he should be the band's new manager in the following year following the likely end of Epstein's existing contract with band.
The Beatles were stuck between a rock and hard place in which they couldn't cancel the tour before it had started as demand to see the band again had reached major levels to the point in which fans would not
let them cancel their big return and Klein had let the genie out of the bottle that could never be put back in again. The band would have to make a stand in which they would make a choice that they'd only tour if they would pick who they'd want as the tour manager. Epstein would not be chosen given how the band were wary of going through more chaotic touring like in the years prior even if Epstein had learnt a lot since then and Klein wouldn't be much better in which the combination of his blundering announcement to the world and how he had proven himself not better than Epstein in terms of the band's safety if Woodstock was anything to go by in which neither of them were picked for the role.
The honour of being named the tour manage for the tour would be the band's long-time Liverpool friend and Apple executive Neil Aspinall who seemed like the better choice who would bring a since of level-headed approach that was needed to arrange things with their long-time rodeo Mal Evans being brought in to be made the road manager in which after then, everything began to fall into place. For Epstein and Klein however, the tension was there and the first cracks in their already strained relationship began to show in which has led to a long-standing rumour among Apple staff that both men would deny time and time again. The story goes in which following that meeting with the band in which neither man was chosen to lead the tour and left the meeting rather with bruised egos, mostly Klein, the two men ended up in alleyway to get some air in which the two men would then have an argument in which Epstein expressed his anger at what Klein was doing and said he was crazy not to let the band know beforehand.
Klein would then bemoan Epstein of how he had been too soft with them and that he thought of him as a lousy manger which had robbed the world of seeing the Beatles live ever again at that point before ending it with a homophonic slur which enrage Epstein and the two men would end up in furious fistfight. While there seems to be no evidence that said fight ever did happen, the tensions that were boiling over between the two men over who would win the prize of managing The Beatles cannot be dismissed of how things were going between the two men...not that the rest of the world cared about what two men were up to when the tickets would finally go on sale...
Extract from 'The Complete Beatles Chronicle' by Mark Lewisohn
The announcement of the Imagine Tour
- though later to become better known by many in the press as The Beatles' Comeback Tour
- would be seen as perhaps one of, if not the most hyped comeback tour that many had seen though despite demand for the whole world to see them back, on a tour for the UK would be announced with only a small tour in Europe to follow afterwards in which some were left confused that no North American tour was announced though it would seem that this was a request by the band who wanted to start off small just so that they could find their live bearings again; Woodstock had been too much of jump in the deep end for them. With that, the UK tour would be as follows:
Imagine UK Tour Leg 1971
Imagine European Tour Leg 1971
- 21st May - Capitol Theatre - Cardiff, Wales
- 22nd May - Bristol Hippodrome - Bristol, England
- 23rd May - Gaumont Theatre - Southampton, England
- 25th May - Wembley Empire Pool - London, England (Two Shows)
- 26th May - Wembley Empire Pool - London, England
- 28th May - Birmingham Hippodrome - Birmingham, England
- 29th May - Manchester Apollo - Manchester, England
- 30th May - Liverpool Empire Theatre - Liverpool, England (Two Shows)
- 31st May - Liverpool Empire Theatre - Liverpool, England
- 2nd June - Newcastle Odeon - Newcastle, England
- 3rd June - Usher Hall - Edinburgh, Scotland
- 4th June - Green's Playhouse - Glasgow, Scotland
- 5th June - Green's Playhouse - Glasgow, Scotland
- 6th June - Caird Hall - Dundee, Scotland
- 7th June - Capitol Theatre - Aberdeen, Scotland
Imagine Tour Setlist 1971
- 11th June - L 'Olympia - Paris, France (Two Shows)
- 13th June - Ernst-Merck-Halle - Hamburg, West Germany (Two Shows)
- 15th June - Stadthalle Offenbach - Frankfurt, West Germany
- 16th June - Circus Krone Building - Munich, West Germany
- 18th June - De Doelen - Rotterdam, Netherlands
- 19th June - Concertgebouw - Amsterdam, Netherlands
- 20th June - Martinihal - Groningen, Netherlands
- 22nd June - K.B. Hallen - Copenhagen, Denmark
- 23rd June - Gröna Lund - Stockholm, Sweden
- 24th June - Njårdhallen - Oslo, Norway
1) Get Back
2) Come Together
4) Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
5) Maybe I'm Amazed
6) What Is Life
7) I Am The Walrus
9) It Don't Come Easy
10) If I Needed Someone
12) The Long And Winding Road
13) My Sweet Lord
15) All Things Must Pass
17) I Saw Her Standing There (swapped with Penny Lane
for the Liverpool and Paris shows respectably)
18) In My Life
19) Isn't It A Pity
20) While My Guitar Gently Weeps
21) Strawberry Fields Forever
22) Helter Skelter
It was quite a tough schedule for a band just returning to the touring circuit, yet it was nothing like years prior in which there was literally no let-up in the times in which in contrast here, the touring schedule was utter bliss in which included breaks in the dates for the band which allowed for some more spare time which was a requested the band wanted. Nonetheless just a few weeks after Imagine
had hit record shelves everywhere, the five man Beatles would begin their long awaited comeback in the Welsh capital city of Cardiff, their first time there since 1965 and it, along with the Bristol and Southampton shows afterwards were to be seen as the warm up shows to take place before the three major shows at Wembley's Empire Pool in London.
The first show in Cardiff, their first true live show since 1966 not including the rooftop and Woodstock, would expose some of the rustiness the band in which they would make several mistakes such as forgotten lyrics, fluffed chord changes and such but it didn't matter for those watching as to see The Beatles live on stage after so long was worth it and were quite warm to greet Billy Preston into the band after McCartney would give a brief introduction to him. The five-man band would recover to play better later on though the UK leg of the tour would be of an interesting point of history in which for their warmup act, the then newly signed band for the Apple label - Queen - just two years before the release of their first album, would play for some of their first audiences in which their own raw talent there did hint of great things to come.
After a shaky but welcoming returning after playing in Cardiff, the band would then move over the border into England where they would play in Bristol and Southampton, two cities that they hadn't played at since the height of Beatlemania and there would be an improvement in their play in which the rustiness had been shaken off and not only were the band able to hear themselves proving that Woodstock was no fluke, but that audiences were singing along to the songs that they had all long hoped for, mainly for some the acoustic sets such as Yesterday
, In My Life
and While My Guitar Gently Weeps
in which would never happen for the early days of Beatlemania. However, all these shows were all preparation for the big three shows lined up at Wembley's Empire Pool.
Extract from 'Peaked: The Beatles In The 1970's' by Alyson Henderson
The Empire Pool (later renamed to its current name as Wembley Area) had actually been played by The Beatles before, four times in fact in which they performed for the NME Poll Winners Concerts during the mid-60's but neither of those were full shows until now. It had been originally planned for the Royal Albert Hall to be the venue of choice but this proved to be unsuitable and instead the Empire Pool with a much larger capacity was chosen but even that wasn't enough as May 25th would see the band perform two shows with one in the afternoon and another later on at night with one final show being done the following day in what looked to be the big money spinner of the two as far. These shows would be the source of much bootlegs recordings as rather oddly there was no official Beatles live recording of the show and the only way for fans to hear of the band performing for the Imagine Tour
have been via many bootleg audio recordings that can be found nowadays on YouTube.
It was by this point the five man band had quickly found their stride again and would put on three well received shows in which the band would often interreact with the audience with usually McCartney introducing songs with Lennon sometimes taking charge though mostly fooling around on stage with Harrison sometimes making a snarky comment in-between; indeed the chemistry was very much there of the band enjoying themselves on stage and you wouldn't have known that this had been a band that had been teetering on the brink at times. Following that great return to London, the band headed up to Birmingham for a single show before then going to Manchester for another show there, but it was the next location on tour that a whole city and many Beatles fans had been waiting for...the band's return home to Liverpool a three show fixture over two days at Liverpool's Empire Theatre.
Interview of Ringo Starr (1987)
Ringo: When we came back to Liverpool to perform, it was amazing to see the city welcoming us back even though we had not been seen together or any of us at all in the city for several years. You always have that fear when you come home if they would welcome you home but they did here and Neil Aspinall [Tour Manager] had predicted that there would be big interest to see us so they put on three shows for us to perform though it turned out that demand for tickets was so high that we could have done six or seven shows then and that would lead on to proposing the idea that using stadiums for shows in England would be the way forward. Thing is though for that first show we did, half the audience were just mostly family, close friends of us and the press who were there to see us and two shows afterwards were for everyone else.
Interviewer: And this was the first time you played Penny Lane
live and the only time on the tour, how'd that come about?
Ringo: It was Paul's idea that we should play Penny Lane for the Liverpool shows in which we hadn't rehearsed, and poor Billy had to try and work out the trumpet bit on the song by using the keyboard, never mind that when we first wrote it we never had in mind that we would be performing half of these songs live. Billy will tell you that it never sounded great but the crowd all loved so I suppose it wasn't all that bad and to play in front of your home crowd is always something you live for so that was to me the highlight of the tour of seeing how much the city never forgot about us.
Extract from 'Epstein: The Secondary Years 1968 - 1978' by Debbie Geller
Going back to Liverpool had been quite daunting for the band and their new recruit Billy Preston who knew that while other cities on tour had seemed fine with him, it was Liverpool in which and Epstein had worries about if a strong Liverpudlian crowd would welcome a 'outsider' to the band in which he feared only wanted a pure Liverpool band and not an African American in which might have led to some unfortunate racist incidents, thank goodness that Preston's own homosexuality was not public knowledge by this point so who knows how much more this could have ended up as. Thankfully the Liverpool audience would welcome Preston to stand alongside their hometown heroes and his appearance as a black man standing along the rest of the band would end up being an unlikely PR coup for Epstein.
The sight of a black man in The Beatles would gather the interest of much of Liverpool's black population that at that time still felt a sense of not being unified with the city and while this would linger on a few years afterwards, most notably the infamous Toxteth Riots in 1981, Preston's presence in the band did build a small but helpful side of unification for the city. Epstein though despite everything he had done for the band and perhaps arguably much of pop culture for the city had it not been for him and the rise of the Mersey sound of the early 60s then things would have all been very different, he still didn't seem to have the respect he felt he was due. He would spend most of the time being close the Beatles' respective wives and children in the case of the McCartney children who much to Epstein's bewilderment, the McCartneys were wanting their children to be with them on this major tour when they should've been in school .
Epstein would though help see his friendship with Yoko grow as given how John Lennon was always reluctant to be away from his wife at all times with Epstein remarking that he acted more like a clingy wife character than his own wife in general, it would be Epstein who would be the only one that John would trust to make sure that his wife would be ok, even though for the most time the worst she'd suffer was boredom as the touring circuit seemed tedious in her view. Thankfully, Epstein would join the band on tour though most of the time he would be keeping Yoko and the rest of The Beatles wives company and would strike up a bond with the McCartney children and the Liverpool visit would also give Epstein the chance to meet with John’s son Julian and ex-wife Cynthia in which they hadn’t met the Beatle since the now ill-fated trip to Scotland and while Julian was happy to see his farther again, Cynthia was understandably not wanting to get involved with her ex-husband as ill feeling was still there.
Nonetheless the Liverpool shows would all be great successes in which the city would show that it had never lost its love for their hometown heroes. After a brief day off to relax or meet up with close family in Liverpool, the band were on their way heading northwards to the north east of England where they would play in Newcastle, a show of very little of note other than towards the end that McCartney played a little bit too hard with the bass that he broke a bass string had had to swap his Rickenbacker bass for the trusty and iconic Hofner bass which sadly by this point had been reduced to a back-up role for live performances. After that, the tour headed further north going over the border into Scotland to take part in something of a major Scottish leg of the tour, playing at the likes of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen – the latter two having never been played by the band since the early days of Beatlemania in 1963.
Extracts from 'The Beatles In Scotland' by Ken McNab
Like the rest of the country, it had been a long-time since Scotland had seen the band perform with Glasgow being the last city they had performed at in 1965 with the Scottish capital of Edinburgh having not seen them perform since 1964 and both Dundee and Aberdeen had never seen them since 1963. Either way, a live set of shows north of the border had been long overdue for the band though the band that was to perform live were no longer four loveable moptops but were now different men with separate personalities and looks and that wasn't including the fact they had a fifth bandmate in Billy Preston. Either way, what Scottish audiences were to see was a very different Beatles to the one that many remember and perhaps still longed for in a way.
Their first stop on the final leg of the UK tour would be in Edinburgh where they would play at the Usher Hall though John Lennon had made it his mission that he would make sure that the Scottish side of his family being his Aunt Mater, Uncle Bertie and older cousin Stan who all still lived in Edinburgh at the time would all get their chance to see him perform live . That said, the last time he'd seen them, it had been something of a tense and even lukewarm affair mainly due to the fact that they didn't seem to hide their feelings on what they felt about Yoko and even after that John's Aunt Mater had been furious at her nephew of the accident near Durness in which had nearly harmed children while there too due to his bad driving. Despite that though, they were happy to see him performing live and were indeed the lucky ones who would get to see the band playing live in Edinburgh once again.
Lennon's family down in the front row of the audience hadn't gone unnoticed by his bandmates in which during the opening number of Get Back
, Paul McCartney decided to have some fun with the lyrics in which instead of saying 'Get back JoJo, your Mama's waiting for you' he would tweak the lyrics - improvised in the spur of the moment as McCartney would say years later into 'Get back, Johnny, your Auntie's waiting for you down there' which might have confused most of the audience but for those in the know, mostly John, they all got the gag which even John would have to admit Paul made a fun gag there and latter on in the show and not wanting to be upstaged, John would get even with his bandmate.
During the number of I Am The Walrus
, instead of saying 'Man, you been a naughty boy, you let your face grow long' he would tweak the lyrics himself by saying 'Paul, you been naughty boy, you've been a total prick' which rough bootleg recordings of the show could pick up Paul laughing at John's utter cheek and even struggle to sing backing vocals due to him failing to stop laughing. It was a show that would go down well much as the rest of the tour had been with John in particular enjoying himself the most in which he would play some stand up comedy but breaking into a mock Scottish accent at times if it was to introduce a song or make Paul the butt of some joke - all of which made great entertainment for the Edinburgh audience. When it came to Glasgow, that would be a different kettle of fish altogether.
The day after playing in Edinburgh, the band headed westwards to Glasgow; the city that bare the similar traits to that of that of Liverpool being as both were port cities and a strong football minded culture. It was also that here they would play two shows over two days on the 4th and 5th June at Green's Playhouse and it was where Glaswegians crowds were perhaps the most rowdy of all British crowds, mostly on a Friday night in which their opening show on the 4th June just to happened to fall on that date. It was a show that didn't have audiences screaming for them like in those early days of Beatlemania but would often highjack parts of the show such when it came to the more quieter acoustic moments like with Yesterday
, the audience would roar with delight when they heard the first chords being played and would end up singing most of the song.
A big change to the never ending screams which was an example of how different the world of live touring was compared to those early days. There would be one point during the first Glasgow show that Paul would accidently nearly start a riot in which he would offer congratulations to Glasgow Rangers football team, who in the previous month had won the European Cup Winners Cup, would cut a very
mixed response from the audience to say the least in which half of the audience cheer and the other booed and if one knows of the fierce city rivalry of Rangers and Celtic - better known as the Old Firm - then bringing up football in Glasgow is something that is best avoided which Paul had failed to realise in which the crowd which most of which had fans on both sides made the atmosphere awkward and looked as though that The Beatles were about to bring the house down quite literally.
Thankfully after some improvising from John, he managed to get the crowd to calm down when he got them to sing along with, ironically fitting given the circumstances, Help
! which the crowd would get behind. Nonetheless, John would bemoan that Glasgow was the only time he saw the well mannered Paul nearly start a riot and laments that if anyone should start a riot it would be him and not Paul. The Friday night show would be legendary and the following show the next evening would pass without incident and with that, the band would head northwards to Dundee and finally Aberdeen where the UK tour would finally come to an end.
Extract from 'Peaked: The Beatles In The 1970's' by Alyson Henderson
After having pulled of a triumphant return to touring in the UK, there was now the small matter of the second leg of the journey which would see the band return to the continent to play for the first time since 1964 in which they would head to France, Netherlands, West Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway in which oddly enough despite having played there already in some of these places, they weren't with all four at the time as during some of their shows in Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands, Ringo Starr had been unable to be with the band due to an operation at the time and wouldn't return with the band until their Australian shows. At last though, those Beatles fans in those countries would now get the benefit of seeing them in action together.
The first show would be in the French capital in which Paris would oddly be their only French show of the tour in which there weren't any suitable venues at that time to perform at so only Paris would get to see them perform though French audiences would be given a treat in which they would hear the very first live performance of Michelle
from the Rubber Soul
album which would be put on only for the Paris show and thankfully it went down well with the audience. As great as this might have been, it was when the band would travel to West Germany in which would be one of the most anticipated part of the tour in which they would perform three shows in Hamburg, the city that held a connection with The Beatles that rivalled that of Liverpool and the band had actually played here as recent as 1966.
The fact that Billy Preston had actually first met The Beatles during those early Hamburg days only made that connection far more stronger though sadly Hamburg was also linked with tragedy in which this was the city in which the band's first bassist and John's long-time friend Stuart Sutcliffe had died here due to a brain haemorrhage in 1962, even nearly a decade later, it was a death that John had never really gotten over with that was up there with the death of his own mother which seemed to show how much tragedy seemed surround John for much of his younger days. Perhaps the real highlight moment was towards the end on the first Hamburg show when Lennon would sing In My Life
, a song that many have suspected has always been about him reflecting on life from his holidays to Scotland as a child to that of all people that he has lost with Sutcliffe being one of them, the fact he was performing that song in Hamburg, the place where Sutcliffe passed away, would really him far more than it had at that point.
Extract from 'In My Own Words' by Brian Epstein
When John decided to include In My Life
for the setlist, none of us honestly thought nothing of it other than it was arguably perhaps the best song on Rubber Soul
. However when he played at Liverpool on the first night of those three shows, I swear he had this look on his face as he sung it as if he was getting all these memories flooding back to him about his childhood growing up and that here he was, a man who had come home. When he did that song in Hamburg, he always lost it on that first night. None of us knew why his voice seemed to crack at times but only then I realised that he was thinking about one man. Stuart Sutcliffe. Even to this day, the tragic death of his school friend still haunted him after all these years and the fact he had passed away in Hamburg of all places saw the song take on a totally different dimension; it is the only time I've seen John nearly break down performing a song.
It is no secret that John is very reluctant to talk about Sutcliffe even after all these years and when the conversation is brought up, it is only if he brings it up first and you don't which is always my advice for it. That said, the Hamburg crowd greeted them warmly as old friends who had returned and the band would speak some German to the crowd and they all responded happily to them yet the memory that always sticks out to me is that song that over the years that seems to age better for the older you get, the more that song affects you as it always makes you think on the past and given what adventure I've been on as being part of this story known as The Beatles, it means a lot for me and I suspect many others who have all been part of this journey.
Extract from 'Peaked: The Beatles In The 1970's' by Alyson Henderson
Following the triumph return to Hamburg, the band would make a brief tour of West Germany by heading to Frankfurt and Munich before leaving the country to head onwards for The Netherlands. It is is on June 18th in Rotterdam for the opening night of their Dutch leg that it would just so happened to be Paul McCartney's birthday and it would see John Lennon getting the crowd to sing Happy Birthday
to Paul, much to his flattery though admittedly there was the missed opportunity to include the song Birthday
for the setlist in which by the time they realised that, it was too late but it went to show many songs they all had between them in which any one could forget about many of them. After that, the band would then head for a tour a Scandinavia where they would play in Denmark, Norway and Sweden in which this would only be their second time performing in those countries.
Not much is known about these shows other than one moment during the Norway show in Oslo which just so happened to be the final show of the tour in which one of the Beatles' crew had bought these gaudy plastic spike Viking hats which had been acquired from some random tourist shop and the band, deciding to have a bit of fun as it was the last show, would on the final song of Helter Skelter
decided to wear the Viking hats in which the bizarre sight of seeing this grown men jamming while wearing those stupid plastic hats has to be seen to be believed but it was not only a sight of the band's zany sense of humour on full display but has become a iconic photo (thanks to an unknown member in the crowd) that has become something of a visual sight about the band's Scandinavian following to this day.
With that, the Imagine Tour
had come to an end and while it might not been as big as some would have thought for a major comeback for The Beatles, those who saw the saw would all express how fantastic it was to see the boys back on stage again and connecting with their fans which felt like forever. Despite Allen Klein wanting to attach a North American leg for the tour, the band had only agreed to perform for what they had done as any more would have been too much for them and didn't want a repeat of 1964 in which it was nonstop and never gave the band a rest. As it would turn out, the band would actually perform in America that year though not for the tour but for a one off show that was to become legendary for many reasons...
 As what Paul and Linda would do with their children IOTL during Wings, only this time with The Beatles here.
 Actually, this was suppose to happen for OTL in which had Lennon not been assassinated, his comeback tour in 1981 would have likely included Scotland and was hoping to meet up with his family who would get to see him live but alas that would never happen. Happily, his hopes of playing in front of his family happens here ITTL only that it is a decade earlier than planned and its with The Beatles.
So here we are, The Beatles back on the road again now originally I was hoping to include that certain concept in New York as well but because you all know how important that show is, it would likely be better in its own section and I'm sure you all know what's next. So if you were around that time or had a parent who was around them, would TTL you or family member gone to see The Beatles on their comeback tour and what city?
Hope you enjoyed the update and until then catch you all later!