Just months after completing their first feature film, A Hard Day's Night, The Beatles toured Australia for the first and only time, in June 1964. Just like the film, Beatlemania was at its height, giving all concerned little time for rest - a blur of planes, cars, hotel rooms, interviews, crowds, screams and concerts.
The Beatles arrived in Adelaide, on 12 June 1964, to the biggest reception they would ever receive.
The crowd of an estimated 300,000 people, about a third of South Australia's population, lined the streets from the airport to the city and assembled outside the Southern Australian Hotel where the band was staying. Ringo Starr was unwell with tonsillitis and remained in a London hospital. He was replaced by session drummer Jimmy Nicol.
The Beatles played four shows over two nights (at 6 pm and 8 pm) at Centennial Hall. Ringo joined the rest of the band in Melbourne on 14 June for the remainder of the Beatles' Australian tour.
Tour schedule (date/location):
12 Centennial Hall, Adelaide Australia
13 Centennial Hall, Adelaide Australia
15 Festival Hall, Melbourne Australia
18 Sydney Stadium, Sydney Australia
19 Sydney Stadium, Sydney Australia
20 Sydney Stadium, Sydney Australia
22 Town Hall, Wellington New Zealand
23 Town Hall, Wellington New Zealand
24 Town Hall, Auckland New Zealand
25 Town Hall, Auckland New Zealand
26 Town Hall, DunedinNew Zealand
27 Majestic Christchurch, New Zealand
29 Festival Hall, Brisbane Australia
30 Festival Hall, Brisbane Australia
1. Adelaide News Report & Raw Footage
2. Sydney News Report & Raw Footage
3. Sydney Press Conference
4. Welcome To Australia Ringo
1. Raw Footage Part One
2. Raw Footage Part Two
3. Raw Footage Part Three