A new article in Rolling Stone celebrates the sometimes overlooked power of the Beatles as a live band.
“When the Fab Four were invested in tearing it up live, you were gonna get torn up too, in a good way,” the piece reports. “They could cook, and to paraphrase John Lennon in the ‘Anthology,’ there was no one to touch them on a concert stage.”
The report ranks what author Colin Fleming says are the Beatles’ top 10 concerts, with the list topped by the band’s performance at Karlaplansstudion in Stockholm on Oct. 24, 1963. (You can hear an audio clip below.)
Also making the list is the famed Apple rooftop performance in London on Jan. 30, 1969, at No. 2. Third on the list is Palais de Sports in Paris on June 20, 1965, followed by Circus-Krone-Bau in Munich on June 24, 1966, at No. 4 and the Coliseum in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 1964, at No. 5.
Click on the link above to Rolling Stone for the rest of the top 10, along with discussion of why each performance made the list. The story also includes links to audio and video clips from the performances.
Here’s an audio clip from the No. 1 show, Stockholm 1963 …