Two months after the release of that aforementioned debut album, the first seeds of the Beatlemania that would erupt the following year were being sown as the Fab Four embarked on a national tour that included a date at Cardiff’s Capitol Theatre on May 27, 1963.
It was a package tour, the sort that were popular in the ‘60s, that also included the Terry Young Six, Ian Crawford, Louise Cordet, David Macbeth, Gerry and the Pacemakers, comedian Erkey Grant, and Roy Orbison.(Source Walesonline)
Initially, the tour was to be headlined by Orbison, however so popular had The Beatles become, that the top billing was shared. Indeed, within a week of the start of the tour the artwork for the the souvenir programme’s cover was changed from Roy Orbison/The Beatles to The Beatles/Roy Orbison.
Orbison was later to recall that at the opening date of the tour at The Adelphi, Slough, he was confronted in his dressing room by John Lennon and (Beatles manager) Brian Epstein, about who should close the show. They reasoned he was getting the most money (it is said The Beatles were getting £100 a night whilst Orbison commanded £2,500 a week), so asked if the group could go on last. Orbison, whilst ensuring he got paid as per his contract as top of the bill, realised how big the group were becoming and readily agreed.
“He remarked: ‘I was earning three times their money. They approached me and said, ‘You’re making the money, let us close the show’.
“It was a brave decision by the American singer because he had to accept the spot in the show when the fans’ feverish anticipation and impatience was at its height.”
The Beatles performed just seven songs in their headline set at The Capitol Theatre: Some Other Guy, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Love Me Do, From Me To You, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout. The band performed at the Capitol Theatre on two subsequent occasions – November 7, 1964 and December 12, 1965 – that ‘65 show notable for being the final live tour date they would ever play in the UK.
Previously other -unseen photos of The Beatles on the set of Help! are up for auction, with the shots estimated to sell for up to £15,000.
The images were taken in 1965 on the set of the legendary band’s comedy-adventure musical, which was released that year. Help!‘s plot saw the band being chased around the world after Ringo Starr acquired a sacrificial ring.
Some more beatles unseen stuff has come.Unseen footage of the Beatles larking around as they filmed a movie in the Austrian Alps has emerged after being stored in a garage for more than 50 years. expected to sell to auction soon or maybe keept by the owner.
Taken by German photographer Bernd Kappelmeyer on location in Obertraun, Austria, the 124 negatives show The Beatles filming scenes in snowy mountains. John Lennon is seen sporting a black winter coat, hat, and shades in the images.
The collection will go up for auction in Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside on October 16. You can find more details about the auction here.
The footage, entitled Snow Scenes, was taken by the late actor Leo McKern, best known as Rumpole of the Bailey on ITV between 1978-92.
In 1965, McKern was in the Richard Lester-directed film Help! along with the Beatles, playing a cult supervillain called Clang who is after the ring on Ringo’s finger.
A keen amateur photographer and filmmaker, McKern caught the Beatles relaxed and off guard as they prepared to film scenes in the ski resort of Obertauern.
Other greatest unseen footage of The Beatles are reported lately by the Telegraph. Previously unseen footage of the Beatles performing on their first north American tour is expected to sell for more than £10,000 at an auction.