Can someone help me out here why did they only play 11 songs and 9 of them of their own? like weren't they headling? 11 songs seems like an opening act not a headliner headlers should play from 20-25 a night or Greenday who play 43 a night :) but i would appreciate some feedback
The answer is easy: it was common back in the 60s. Their concerts just lasted some 25-30 minutes, the music of their first stadium concerts (one of the first stadium concerts ever) came from PA, nobody could hear a word as everybody was screaming. Also tickets were much cheaper then - and nobody complained after the 11 songs as nobody expected more. Today, Paul McCartney plays 20-25 songs and his concerts' duration increased by some 400% :-) even in the 70s the concerts were longer.
The source of this whole bunch of information are the Beatles Anthology videos. So if any of you reading this spot an error in there, go ahead an correct me :-)
About the Beatles setlist being so short, it had to do with the number of acts that preceded the Beatles. On the 1966 US tour, there were four opening acts: The Remains, Bobby Hebb, The Ronettes, and The Cyrkle. Each act had about 20 minutes per set. Being a slightly different era, parents didn't want their kids to stay out late (even if the parents accompanied them). By the time the opening acts were done, it was getting mighty late for the kiddies (usually around 9:30). Many cities also had curfews imposed on musical events at baseball stadiums. Large tours were the order of the day in the late 50's and early 60's. No rock band toured on their own until later in the 60's, and even then, there was usually one opening act. All headliners in the Beatles era played for no more than 30 minutes.
That's interesting stuff. Thank you for sharing!
Only correction is about McCartneys set list. He plays between 35 and 40 songs these days, not 20-25, big difference form the 60s. Check out the mexico setlist
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