JANUARY - JULY
BEATLES GIGS 1963
 
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A return to Scotland - as was said, a very wet, miserable outing for me. The show at Longmore Hall, Keith on 2nd Jan, was cancelled due to bad weather - sounds familiar !
3rd Jan saw them at The Two Red Shoes Ballroom, Elgin
Town Hall, Dingwall on 4th Jan (courtesy of Chris)
5th Jan at The Museum Hall, Bridge of Allan
and finally The Sea Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, 6th Jan again courtesy of Chris *
Jan 11th saw them play Plaza Ballroom, Old Hill, Dudley then were supposed to plsy Ritz Ballroom, Kings Heath, but bad weather stopped them playing the 2nd gig, which was re-arranged for 15th Feb
Jan 12th saw them at the Invicta Ballroom, formerley cinema, Chatham which was demolished in 1987.Photo is from Phillip McDougals book, A century of Chatham. *
Jan 14th Ellesmere Port Civic Hall.
Not very interesting this one ! 19th Jan saw them at the Town Hall Ballroom, Whitchurch - the present council building bears no resemblance to the original, but I've been there anyway !! 
24th Jan, the Assembly Hall, Mold
Jan 25th they played the Co-operative Hall, Darwen, which is now demolished & is Iceland
26th Jan they played the El Rio Dance Hall, Macclesfield, which is now long gone., and Kings Hall, Stoke on Trent, to which they returned on April 19th.
Majestic Ballroom, Newcastle -played here 28th Jan & 26th June 63.
A double bill on 1st Feb, at Assembly Rooms, Tamworth and Maney Hall, Sutton Coldfield - played only once at both venues.
Gaumont, Bradford - 1st night of their 1st nationwide tour, headed by Helen Shapiro, 2nd of Feb. Twice more on 21st Dec &9th Oct 1964..
Gaumont, Doncaster 5th Feb
6th Feb saw them at the Gaumont, Bedford, which may have been demolished.
7th Feb, the Regal, Wakefield - I know I've been but can't find my photo yet ! *
ABC, Carlisle, 8th Feb, courtesy of Chris
The last show of the 1st leg of the Shapiro tour at the Empire, Sunderland on 9th Feb.The Empire, incidentally, is where Sid James suffered a heart attack while performing, and died

12th Feb saw them at Azena Ballroom, Sheffield an Astoria Ballroom, Oldham, playing both venues just once.
Originally called the Liverpool Olympia, they played here 14th Feb, although they did play here as the Quarrymen in the late 50's.
Carfax Assembly Rooms, Oxford, 16th Feb, they played here just once. 
20th Feb, St James St. Baths, Doncaster

23rd Feb Granada, Mansfield, now Primark
Coventry Theatre, formerly the Hippodrome, 24th Feb
Casino Ballroom, Leigh, 25th Feb
The 2nd leg of the Shapiro tour, starting at the Granada, Taunton on 26th Feb. Shapiro was ill & Danny Williams stood in at top of the bill.

Helen Shapiro was still ill for the Rialto Theatre, York on 27th Feb, which was demolished in 2003
Shapiro resumed the tour here at the Granada, Shrewsbury on 28th Feb. Meanwhile, on the way from York, John & Paul had written From Me To You !
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1st March,Odeon Cinema, Southport, demolished 28.11.79
2nd March, Sheffield City Hall.
3rd March, the final night of the Shapiro tour at Gaumont Cinema, Hanley -it's now the Regent Theatre.

Brian Epstein bought them & Gerry & The Pacemakers,The Big Three & Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas here on 7th March. 80 turned up at the Elizabethan Ballroom, Nottingham (top floor of th Co-Op building) billed as the NEMS Mersey Beat Showcase (no.1)
One gig here at the Royal Hall, Harrogate on 9th March.

The start of their 2nd Nationwide tor, Tommy Roe & Chris Montez topping the bill, kicking off on 9th March at the Granada, East Ham
12th March they returned to Granada, Bedford, which, as I said above, is questionable of it's whereabouts. (No Lennon - sick with cold)
13th March they returned to The Rialto, York.(No Lennon again)
 
Lennon returned for this one at Colston Hall, Bristol on 15th March
16th March, City Hall, Sheffield
17th March, Embassy, Peterborough

 

14th March Gaumont, Wolverhampton (no Lennon again), closed in 1973 & demolished 1974. As I understand, Wilkinsons stands there now.
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Regal, Gloucester, 18th March
20th March ABC, Romford, now demolished for flats.
19th March, Regal, Cambridge
21st March, ABC, W Croydon
22nd March, Gaumont, Doncaster

23rd March City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne., they played 4 times here, right up until 4th Dec 1965.
24th March Empire, Liverpool
26th March Granada, Mansfield

27th March, ABC, Northampton
28th March ABC Exeter, demolished 1987             29th March Odeon, Lewisham, demolished 1993
30th March Guildhall, Portsmouth
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31st March. The final night of the Roe/Montez tour - I've played here !

4th April, they appeared at Roxburg Hall, Stowe School.
5th April saw them at Leyton Swimming Baths, which is now demolished and is Tesco's.
6th April, Pavillion Gardens Ballroom, Buxton
7th April, Savoy Ballroom, Southsea
9th April, Gaumont Ballroom, Kilburn
Co-Op Hall, Middleton, 11th April
15th April, Riverside Dance Club, Tenbury Wells
18th April saw them perform at the Royal Albert Hall, in 2 sections, the Swinging Sound 63,  along with Del Shannon, Springfields, Rolf Harris, Shane Fenton, Kenny Lynch, Vernon Girls, Lance Percival & George Melly. They returned 15th Sept.
20th April, 1 gig here at the Merseyview, Frodsham.
21st April, Empire Pool, Wembley. in the NME Awards Concert, headed by Cliff & The Shadows.They played 4 songs, and afterwards they went on to the Pigalle Club, Piccadilly, which has since moved and re opened after it's closure in the 70's.
BEATLES STUFF
19th April saw them return to Kings Hall, Stoke for NEMS Mersey Beat Showcase (no.2)
Majestic Ballroom, Finsbury Park, 24th April for NEMS Mersey Beat Showcase (no.3)
25th April Fairfield Hall, Croydon, another (no.4) NEMS Mersey Beat Showcase. They returned here on 7th Sept & the Delaney * Bonnie tour played here 7th Dec 1969, with George & Clapton
11th May they played the Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, which was demolished in 1976 (above - queuing at 'The Imp')
15th May the Royalty Theatre, Chester.
17th May the Grosvenor Rooms, Norwich, which is now completely different and called Grosvenor House. A plaque exists.

THE THIRD NATIONWIDE TOUR
Adelphi Cinema, Slough, 18th May.
19th May, Gaumont, Hanley
20th May, Gaumont, Southampton
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May 22nd Gaumont Cinema, Ipswich
23rd May, Odeon, Nottingham, now closed & up for sale
24th May Granada, Walthamstowe
25th May, City Hall, Sheffield & 26th May back home to the Empire Theatre, Liverpool.
28th May, Gaumont, Worcester
30th May, Mancester Odeon, closed for business in 2004.They only played here once.
Southend Odeon, 31st May
1st June, Tooting Granada, a truly impressive building inside.
2nd June, Brighton Hippodrome
3rd June, Woolwich Granada
4th June, Birmingham Town Hall
5th June, Odeon Leeds
7th June, Odeon Glasgow and 8th June, City Hall, Newcastle
...and the final night of the Roy Orbison tour, 9th June at King Georges Hall, Blackburn - Gabrielle was appearing when I went.

10th June, Bath Pavillion
Palace Theatre, Stockport (L) & later Southern Sporting Club, Manchester (R), only 1 gig at each, with more details of the now gone S S Club, 13th June.
City Hall, Salisbury, 15th June
16th June, Odeon, Romford
21st June, Odeon, Guildford
22nd June, Town Hall Ballroom, Abergavenny - Lennon flew in by helicopter after recording Juke Box Jury in London.
25th June Astoria Ballroom, Middlesborough
30th June ABC Great Yarmouth, as it was, demolished 1988 - and as it is now. Pictured is 2 great guys, Bob & Ritchie, who we met in a pub (obviously) who told us where it was exactly.

 

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10th March saw them at the Hippodrome, Birmingham. They played there 10th Nov 1963 as well. I have visited the area, but it was at the time undergoing a massive rebuild.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                  

28th June Queens Hall, Leeds.Then (rear) & now. Formerly the Leeds Tram Sheds !
17th April, Majestic Ballroom, Luton, destroyed by fire 1982
27th May Capitol Cinema, Cardiff - now no trace, but was part of the new Capitol Centre
14thh May, the Rink Ballroom, Sunderland - it became Fusion nightclub &demolished in 1985. *