On January 30, 1969 the Beatles had their last public performance. A little history for you whippersnappers: We all know of the Beatles and their incredible songs. When they first hit it big they had the songs, of course, but their performances were incredible. Here's their first concert in the USA a few days before the Ed Sullivan appearance. The energy was off the charts. Ushers swore some seats girls sat in were wet after the show. Every city they hit, all over the world, was a major event. News conferences, parades, it never stopped for them. Here they are in Australia, 1964. 300,000 packed the streets to catch a glimpse. But things got tiresome. They lived a life of a plane, a limo, a hotel, a concert hall and do it again every day for the next 2 years. They were prisoners of their fame. In 1966 they played in the Phillipines. They begged off a meeting with the leader Marcos and his wife Imelda. They literally had to high-tail out of there ASAP. On the plane leaving the "military" stopped it on the runway and made one of their entourage get off the plane. No one knew if that would be the last time he was seen. Finally they forfeited most of their money made there and got out of there pronto. John was misquoted that "The Beatles are bigger than Jesus" and they were villified in the south USA. The toll was taking effect big time.George and John wanted no part of touring anymore. Compare this awful performance to the first clip above and it's hard to believe it's the same band. After the final show of 1966 in SF, George said on the plane, "That's it. I'm no longer a Beatle". They never toured or played live again. Until early 1969. They were almost enemies with each other. The bickering was poisonous. But they had a contractual obligation for more albums and they headed to the studio to record the Let It Be album to be coincided with a live performance of it. Ideas were bandied about. Perform at the Pyramids. Or Mt. Everest. Secretly bill themselves with another name and surprise the audience when the curtain came up. George was perpetually on the rag during that time and wanted no part of it. John was in his corner. Paul and Ringo were itching to get back onstage. After repeatedly getting shot down by George they said fuck it, let's just go to the rooftop of Apple, their own company, and do it. Once they started playing the magic was back, even if only for an hour or so. They all figured that would be their swan song. They couldn't even be in the same room together anymore. But Paul rallied them and in true Beatle fashion they more than lived up to occasion and recorded their final and best album, Abbey Road.