Review by Ray McChrystal

It may have been twenty years ago today that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play, but it was fifty years ago, on 30th January 1969, that the Beatles played their last gig on the roof of a building in Saville Row, central London. So to mark that poignant moment, last Tuesday, in Hastings, a group of local musicians, The Kytes, bravely played with frozen fingers in Butler’s Gap, George St, to a small but appreciative audience.  At 12 pm, the same time The Beatles started, they played the same 5 songs: Get back, Don’t  let me down, I’ve gaot a feeling, One after 909, and Dig a pony. The local constabulary did not turn up to close down the gig as they did to the Beatles, so a splendid time was guaranteed for all. There is an excellent You Tube clip of The Beatles gig, if you’ve never seen it, that was featured in the film Let it be. It is a blistering performance by them as the curtain comes down on their career, the enormity of the occasion being characteristically debunked by John’s parting comment: “I’d like to say thank you to you all on behalf of the band, and I hope we’ve passed the audition.”

• The Kytes will be playing on Beatles Day at the White Rock on Sunday 7th April from 12 -10.30pm www.hastingsbeatlesday.org.uk


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