Hope We Passed the Audition
Today is the anniversary of It. The final Beatles public appearance together, anywhere ever. As you no doubt know it was on the roof of the Apple recording studios because they literally couldn't all agree on any other venue for what they all knew would be their final live show.
After seven years of success, the rooftop appearance was filmed as part of the last album, Let it Be. So on this day 40 degree day in London, January 30, 1969 along with their good friend Billy Preston on keyboards - engineers set up the equipment, provided plywood on top of the flat tar roof for the boys to stand on, and treated lunchtime Londoners with a once-in-a-lifetime concert.
The band's performance was stopped after only five songs and forty-two minutes of playing time. As crowds below gathered, some even watching from nearby rooftops - the London police ultimately intervened and stopped the show due to a 'noise complaint'.
As the group unplugged their instruments for the final time in public, John Lennon leaned into the microphone and infamously stated: "I'd like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition."
And that was It.