Bournemouth • Sunday, August 2, 1964

ConcertBy The Beatles • Part of the Spring / Summer 1964 World Tour
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The Sunday 2nd August shows were part of a short seven date UK tour coming off the back of their first visits to Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong and prior to their first full concert tour of America. On the night, they were joined by The Kinks, who were about to release their breakthrough single and first number one, “You Really Got Me”. According to Ray Davies autobiography X-Ray, there was a tense rivalry between Lennon and the author and a spot of one-upmanship. The Kinks front-man alleges they went down so well in the first show in the slot just before The Beatles that they were relegated to closing the first half in the second show. His brother Dave, goes further by stating that they closed the second show going on after The Beatles, but that sounds highly unlikely and has never been substantiated. It sounds more like a case of Dave Davies re-writing history. The remaining acts included The Hearts who had just dropped the Purple from their name due to adverse publicity, the singer cum actress Adrienne Poster before her name change to Posta in 1966, Mike Berry and The Innocents and compere Tony Marsh. They played two shows at 6.15 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. and charged a top price of fifteen shillings to sit in the front stalls.

We’d played with The Beatles in Bournemouth and John Lennon made a remark that we were only there to warm up for them, but we got a great reaction to You Really Got Me,” recalls Davies. “It was an early validation that we had something that stood up for us, like being bullied in school and having something that was bigger than the bully, it was that sort of feeling.

Ray Davies – From The Kinks – Interview with MOJO, 2013
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Last updated on December 10, 2023


This was the 7th concert played at Gaumont.

A total of 7 concerts have been played there • 1963Aug 19thAug 20thAug 21stAug 22ndAug 23rdAug 24th1964Aug 2nd

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