Beatles On The Rooftop

I’m sure you’ve all seen this before — The Beatles’ last public performance:

The live concert idea culminated with the Beatles and [Billy] Preston performing 30 January [’69] on the rooftop of the Beatles’ Apple Building at 3 Savile Row before a small audience of friends and employees. The performance was cut short by the police after complaints about noise.

What a fabulous little mini-concert, considering the drama that was taking place between them at the time. Parts two and three.

Disclaimer: I have been suffering from a rather nasty case of the flu for the better part of this week which, according to the KUR Charter of Proper Conduct, allows one to post content that is not in the least bit related to FZ.

Snif.

28 Responses to “Beatles On The Rooftop”

  1. Birdman! says:

    As a pioneer of the fabulous party game, “Six Degrees of Frank Zappa”, I declare this video Zappa related by 2×1 degree (Lennon appears on “Playground Psychotics” and the same recording is on the Lennon live album, and Ringo IS FZ in 200 Motels. Or “Head”? Or both? I don’t remember) But… what do The Tubes have to do with Zappa?

    Zappa to Whitney Houston in 4 steps or less – anyone?

  2. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    A quote from Birdman!:

    Zappa to Whitney Houston in 4 steps or less – anyone?

    Bobby Brown. Easy!

  3. Harry Barris says:

    To connect the Tubes to FZ is easy: The Tubes stole Uncle Frankie’s use of sped-up voices (end of What Do You Want From Life?), and Zappa stole the “On guitar….” intro for each bandmate even if they didn’t play guitar, from the Tubes!

    (for proof listen to The Tubes show on Wolfgang’s Vault from The Record Plant ’74 (which FZ must have heard the FM rebroadcast of back in the day, and then there’s a sdb from (i think from a european concert) either ’78 or ’79 (sorry can’t remember which) where Frank introduces each band member as “on guitar…” (on guitar, Tommy Mars, on guitar, Ed Mann…, etc.)

    and Zappa gets namechecked on the song “Tubes World Tour” (i think that’s the one), from a different Tubes show on Wolfies from New Years Eve, 1975. I’m sure they both listened to each other, though neither one would admit it (well Zappa anyway).

  4. Kevin Hoover says:

    Tubes to Zappa:

    Tubes, produced by Todd Rundgren, who also produced Grand Funk, which was also produced by Frank.

    Or

    Tubes, produced by Todd, who played with Jack Bruce in Ringo’s All Starr Band. And of course Jack played with Frank.

    Or

    Tubes drummer Prairie Prince played with XTC; Andy Partridge played with Mike Keneally; Mike and Frank.

  5. Michael Pierry says:

    Tubes drummer Prairie Prince played with XTC; Andy Partridge played with Mike Keneally; Mike and Frank.

    Prairie Prince made an album w/Mike Keneally (+Andy West+Henry Kaiser) called The Mistakes, so you don’t even need XTC there.

  6. Kevin Hoover says:

    How right you are!

  7. bit of an imposition says:

    is there a part four?

  8. Birdman! says:

    Frank Zappa>Chester Thompson>Zawinul & Shorter in Weather Report on “Black Market”>John McLaughlin on “In a Silent Way”, “Bitches Brew” etc.>Drummer Narada Michael Walden from Mahavishnu’s “Visions of the Emerald Beyond” produced Whitney Houston. Ta Da!

    Thanks for producing the Tubes link, Michael Pierry. My Tubes knowledge is feeble.

  9. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    Let’s up the ante a bit shall we? How about: Frank Zappa to Benny Hill in six steps for instance?

  10. Birdman! says:

    I believe there must be a connection, but it will involve meditation and research.

  11. vince says:

    I prefer The Rutles playing, “Get Up And Go” on the roof-top of the Rutle-Corps building!

  12. Michael Pabst says:

    Didn’t the Tubes have a Beefhaert song on one of there albums? And I believe they played some FZ/Mothers tunes in the beginning.

  13. Hans says:

    A quote from Barry’s Imaginary Publisher:

    Let’s up the ante a bit shall we? How about: Frank Zappa to Benny Hill in six steps for instance?

    Easy. Remember the infamous alternate use for vacuum cleaner? Frank is a singer. And Bennie Hill sings about vacuum cleaners. Here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h5pA0xRAoU

  14. Jamez says:

    A quote from Harry Barris:

    To connect the Tubes to FZ is easy: The Tubes stole Uncle Frankie’s use of sped-up voices (end of What Do You Want From Life?), and Zappa stole the “On guitar….” intro for each bandmate even if they didn’t play guitar, from the Tubes!

    (for proof listen to The Tubes show on Wolfgang’s Vault from The Record Plant ’74 (which FZ must have heard the FM rebroadcast of back in the day, and then there’s a sdb from (i think from a european concert) either ’78 or ’79 (sorry can’t remember which) where Frank introduces each band member as “on guitar…” (on guitar, Tommy Mars, on guitar, Ed Mann…, etc.)

    and Zappa gets namechecked on the song “Tubes World Tour” (i think that’s the one), from a different Tubes show on Wolfies from New Years Eve, 1975. I’m sure they both listened to each other, though neither one would admit it (well Zappa anyway).

    The Tubes readily admit their Zappa influence. Bill Spooner is also a MASSIVE Beefheart fan (he covered ‘My Head Is My Only Home’ on the Tubes ‘Now’ album and even persuaded Van Vliet to play sax on ‘Cathy’s Clone’ and harmonica on ‘Golden Boy’ from the same album). THe Tubes also covered Zappa and Beefheart in their early shows.

  15. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    A quote from Hans:

    Remember the infamous alternate use for vacuum cleaner? Frank is a singer. And Bennie Hill sings about vacuum cleaners.

    Myself, Hans, I was thinking “Läther” and “Sofa”: see here 🙂
    Update: bollocks, YouTube link is dead.

  16. Harry Barris says: