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Live: Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo

On June 30th 1966, The Beatles played the first of five concerts at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo. While in Japan they stayed in the Presidential Suite at the Tokyo Hilton.

When it was announced that The Beatles were to play a rock concert at the sacred hall, it was seen as insulting by many Japanese; who saw the hall as a shrine for their war dead and a place for martial arts. The band received many death threats and security was extremely tight at their hotel.

Despite the many objections The Beatles played a set list of eleven songs to approximately 10,000 fans. The audience was largely subdued, with a police officer present at nearly every row.

"The audience was very subdued. If you look at the footage from the shows you'll see a cop on every row. They'd all get excited in their seats as we were playing, but they couldn't express it." - Ringo Starr

Set list

  1. Rock and Roll Music
  2. She's a Woman
  3. If I Needed Someone
  4. Day Tripper
  5. Baby's in Black
  6. I Fee Fine
  7. Yesterday
  8. I Wanna Be Your Man
  9. Nowhere Man
  10. Paperback Writer
  11. I'm Down
 "Everywhere we were going, there was a demonstration about one thing or another. In America the race riots were going on when Beatlemania had come to town. In Japan there were student riots, plus people were demonstrating because the Budokan, where we were playing, was supposed to be a special spiritual hall reserved for martial arts. So in the Budokan only violence and spirituality were approved of, not pop music." George Harrison

Whiling away the hours in their Presidential Suite all four Beatles contributed to a painting, which was to be auctioned off for charity. The piece became known as Images of a Woman. John, Paul, George and Ringo huddled around a lamp in the middle of the room and made their own offering.

The Beatles play the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, June 1966.

The Beatles play the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, June 1966.

John Lennon plays the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, June 1966.

John Lennon plays the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, June 1966.

The Beatles play the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, June 1966. 

The Beatles play the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, June 1966. 

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Ticket for the Beatles' concert at the Budokan Hall, June 1966. 

Ticket for the Beatles' concert at the Budokan Hall, June 1966. 

The Beatles play the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, June 1966.

The Beatles play the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, June 1966.

The Beatles in the Presidential Suite of the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

The Beatles in the Presidential Suite of the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

John Lennon in the Presidential Suite of the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

John Lennon in the Presidential Suite of the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

John Lennon in the Presidential Suite of the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

John Lennon in the Presidential Suite of the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

Paul McCartney in the Presidential Suite of the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

Paul McCartney in the Presidential Suite of the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney in the Presidential Suite of the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney in the Presidential Suite of the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

The Beatles giving a press conference at the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

The Beatles giving a press conference at the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

George Harrison in the Presidential Suite of the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

George Harrison in the Presidential Suite of the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in the Presidential Suite of the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in the Presidential Suite of the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

The Beatles in Tokyo, June 1966.

The Beatles in Tokyo, June 1966.

John Lennon and George Harrison in the Presidential Suite of the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

John Lennon and George Harrison in the Presidential Suite of the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

George Harrison in the Presidential Suite of the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

George Harrison in the Presidential Suite of the Tokyo Hilton, June 1966.

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