On 30 January 1969, the Beatles performed an unannounced concert from the rooftop of their Apple Corps headquarters at 3 Savile Row, within central London’s office and fashion district. Joined by keyboardist Billy Preston, the band played a 42-minute set before the Metropolitan Police asked them to reduce the volume.
It was the final public performance of their career.
The concert ended with the conclusion of Get Back, with John Lennon joking, “I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we’ve passed the audition.”
Footage from the performance was used in the 1970 documentary film Let It Be and the 2021 documentary series The Beatles: Get Back.
The concert consisted of nine complete takes of five Beatles songs: three takes of Get Back; two each of Don’t Let Me Down and I’ve Got a Feeling; and one take each of One After 909 and Dig a Pony.
Ray Dagg, the police officer who was sent in to shut down The Beatles’ rooftop concert:
See also: Get Back – The Beatles
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