Friday, October 24, 2014

The Beatles Live in Paris - Palais Des Sports

The Beatles played Paris, France at the Palais Des Sports on June 20 1965 for two shows: one of them around three in the afternoon while the other was the evening performance at nine at night. Both shows have audio counterparts as they were both recorded for radio and the evening show is available on video as well as audio.
This was the first show for the 1965 tour. The Beatles would be playing some dates in the early months of summer in Europe before making their way to North America for the rest of the tour. The set list for the two Paris concerts contained the following song: They opened with "Twist And Shout" leading into "She's A Woman". They followed this by performing "I'm A Loser" and "Can't Buy Me Love". "Baby's In Black" was next and then the spotlight was on Ringo for a live version of "I Wanna Be Your Man". This was followed by the first movie title "A Hard Day's Night" and the spotlight lit on George for a version of "Everybody's trying To Be My Baby". "Rock and Roll Music" was performed and then "I Feel Fine". The latest single of the era was performed via "Ticket To Ride" and they concluded the concert with "Long Tall Sally". The introduction to the songs were mainly in English although there was an attempt by Paul to speak French for some introductions to the songs as well.
The two main sources for both concerts are available on the following titles: "A Paris" is a double bootleg LP containing both the afternoon and evening show. The LP also contains some of the opening acts. The Swinging Pig CD "Live In Paris 1965" also contains both shows although the afternoon show is mislabeled as the evening show and visa versa.
The video of the evening show has been edited as follows and I have included a link to the entire show: "Twist and Shout", "She's A Woman", "Ticket To Ride", "Can't Buy Me Love", "I'm A Loser", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "A Hard Day's Night", "I Feel Fine", "Baby's In Black", "Rock And Roll Music", "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby" and "Long Tall Sally".

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