Fun Facts About the Beatles Rooftop Concert
They were not the first band to hold a rooftop concert.
Jefferson Airplane beat them to it, holding a concert at the top of midtown’s Schuyler Hotel on December 7th, 1968. They only made it through one song before being threatened with arrest from the NYPD for noise disturbance.
It was their first public performance in TWO years!
Their last live concert (not including the was on August 29th, 1966, at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. They also made a small break from tradition by varying their classic stage placements. Lennon took the middle spot with Harrison to his left.
John and Ringo wore their wives coats!
Thought it was 45 degrees that day, no one expected the high winds on the rooftop of Apple Corps. “[My] hands [are] too cold to play the chords,” John said between songs. Not the ideal circumstance to play music, John Lennon borrowed Yoko Ono’s fur coat and Ringo Starr also wore Maureen’s red coat.