Watch Beatles’ “Twist and Shout” Live In Their UK Autumn Tour 1963
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Let’s take a blast from the past with this 1963 footage of the Beatles’ UK Autumn Tour in high definition.
On October 16, 1963, The Beatles brought their Autumn Tour to Manchester, England, playing two gigs at the ABC Cinema. On their debut performance, the band sang “She Loves You” and “Twist and Shout” for the cameras at Pathé News. The eight-minute movie feature The Beatles Come To Town, which also included backstage video and audience shots, premiered on the 22nd of December, 1963, and ran for one week.
Per usual, the screaming girls that exemplified the massive hysteria of Beatlemania were present. It was a huge hit with young people all around the city and beyond. Around five thousand people packed into the Apollo Theater to experience the thundering electronic thrill with them. Half of the city’s police force, including men and women, had to be pulled away from their regular responsibilities.
Derek Taylor a then-writer for the Daily Express and who would eventually work for them at NEMs and Apple interviewed the group regarding their thoughts on the hype and music of the Beatles. Asked if they have any idea of their status that drew lots of attention to many, George Harrison said: “‘We’re just singing and playing and enjoying ourselves. We’re not important really. We don’t recognize ourselves when we read about ourselves.’”
“‘We just arrive, sing and play and go,’” George added. “‘The fans do the rest. We love them.’”
Check out the band’s performance of “Twist and Shout” below.