Munich • Friday, June 24, 1966

ConcertBy The Beatles • Part of the 1966 Germany Tour9pm show
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The Beatles had flown from London to Munich the previous day, held a press conference and rehearsed. On this day, they played the two first concerts of their German tour. The first concert was at 5:15 pm and the second at 9 pm. Also appearing on the bill were Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers, The Rattles, and Peter and Gordon.

From Wikipedia:

[…] The first shows were held at Munich’s 3500-seat Circus-Krone-Bau at 5.15 and 9 pm on 24 June. The Beatles wore matching dark green suits with silk lapels, designed by the new Chelsea boutique Hung On You. The 9 pm show was filmed by the West German ZDF network and first broadcast locally, in edited form, on 5 July. The Beatles held a rare backstage rehearsal in advance of the concert. According to musicologist Walter Everett, the Munich concert film shows the Beatles generally playing poorly amid the noise created by their fans, and humorously attempting to remember the lyrics to the final song, “I’m Down“. Author Steve Turner writes that the tour was marked by average-quality performances masked by riotous screaming, and that for the first time, the hysterical crowds were subjected to violent treatment and beatings by the host nation’s police force. […]

This second concert and parts of the opening acts were filmed by the West German television network ZDF and followed a brief afternoon rehearsal set for the cameras. The footage was broadcast as a TV special named “Die Beatles” on ZDF Channel Two on July 4, from 8 to 8:45 pm (while the TV special lasted 43 minutes, the Beatles segment only lasted 15 minutes).

A full rendition of “Nowhere Man” from this concert was included in the DVD issue of the “The Beatles Anthology”.

When The Beatles arrived in Munich the previous day, they spent time brainstorming about the title for their new LP. According to author Barry Miles, on this day, after the concert, they settled on “Revolver“.

With each new album, the Beatles further consolidated their control over their output, at least in Britain. They had a big say in which tracks to release as singles, had effective approval over cover art and now took to naming their own albums, usually using a play on words: Rubber Soul was a reference to rubber-soled shoes as well as soul music, whereas Revolver did not mean a gun, but something that revolves, like a record. Johnny Dean, editor of Beatles Monthly, was with them on the night of 24 June 1966 in a Munich hotel room when they named the latter. At first they had all four wanted to call it Abracadabra, but someone had already used it. Pendulums and Fat Man and Bobby were other ideas. Ringo suggested having a joke with the Rolling Stones by calling it After Geography since the Stones had just done Aftermath! John proposed Beatles on Safari and Paul came up with Magic Circle. John changed this to Four Sides of the Circle and Four Sides of the Eternal Triangle, which somehow led them to Revolver.

From “Many Years From Now” by Barry Miles, 1997

This however contradicts what is mentioned in The Beatles Monthly Book, dated August 1966, where it is explained The Beatles were still thinking about names after their concerts in Essen.

The following day, June 25, The Beatles left Munich and travelled to Essen by train.

From Meet the Beatles for Real ( – Backstage in Munich, the Beatles rehearsed the harmonies on “Paperback Writer” and relaxed a bit.
From Meet the Beatles for Real ( – Backstage in Munich, the Beatles rehearsed the harmonies on “Paperback Writer” and relaxed a bit. Looks like they checked out the official tour poster as well.

From June 1966: Germany went wild over The Beatles’ blitz tour – DW – 06/22/2016 – The Beatles gave two concerts in Munich’s largest circus tent on June 24, playing to shrieking fans for a half hour in the afternoon and again in the evening. The daily “Süddeutsche Zeitung” expressed concern for the stability of the tent’s roof . “When the guitars start playing their hard rhythms, it is advisable for medical reasons to leave the area.” – Image: Rockmuseum München, Foto: Rainer Schwanke/Archiv Herbert Hauke
© Robert Whitaker, 1966– The Beatles on stage in Munich, Germany 1966
From Meet the Beatles for Real (

[…] At the end of the second show, John. Paul, George and Ringo hurled themselves down the steps at the rear of the stage, leaped into the cars and shot off back to the hotel before most of the fans had had time to leave the circus hall.

And in the rooms, it was party time, in spite of the fact that they had to be up at 6.30 am to catch the special train taking them along the Rhine route to their second date — at Essen’s huge Grugehalle, set in beautiful gardens outside the city.

They made the train all right. Although Brian Epstein had to leap on while it was moving. After all, it was hired for the occasion so it had to wait for them — even though they were half-an-hour late. They burst through a side door at the station, leapt aboard and John Lennon raced up to the British musical writers and said “I’m glad y’here, I thought I was on the wrong train. See you later” […]

From Melody Maker – July 2, 1966

[…] There was no doubt about it, the Beatles were as fantastic as ever, and their second performance was an even greater success — it was one of the most exciting shows I’ve ever seen the boys give, and they were all very happy and elated when they returned to their hotel to talk the night away. […]

From The Beatles Monthly Book – August 1966
From The Beatles Monthly Book – August 1966

Last updated on November 19, 2022

Circus Krone Building

This was the 2nd concert played at Circus Krone Building.

A total of 2 concerts have been played there • 1966Jun 24thJun 24th


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