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Beatles Tour London


ON THIS DAY 1965 BRIAN EPSTEIN TAKES OVER THE LEASE OF THE SAVILLE THEATRE,
LONDON

Brian Epstein, manager of  The Beatles and himself a former drama student
leased the theatre in 1965. He presented plays,opera,ballet  and rock shows. The venue became notorious for its Sunday night concerts. During one by Chuck Berry, members of the audience stormed the stage. The police were called to clear the theatre.

The venue saw several appearances of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, notably in August 1967.This was just after their mini US tour and their groundbreaking Monterey Pop Festival performance. The Move and Procol Harum also appeared on the bill. An eclectic mix of bands such as NirvanaCreamFairport Convention, the Incredible String Band and The Bee Gees, also appeared there.

The Beatles borrowed the Saville to make their “Hello, Goodbye” promo (an early music video) in November 1967, and on 8 December 1967. The Rolling Stones played two shows on 21 December 1969.

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