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
- Rock and Roll Music
- She's a Woman
- If I Needed Someone
- Day Tripper
- Baby's in Black
- I Fee Fine
- I Wanna Be Your Man
- Nowhere Man
- Paperback Writer
- 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.