I saw The Beatles in Manchester at the Apollo, Ardwick on December 7th 1965, what a night, the fog was a pea souper as they say really bad night, Id ordered the tickets by postal order for me and my mate Pete,no cheque book or Visa card for me then, I think the tickets were about 2/6p each.I had the programme up until a few years ago when I sold it for £50 arghh.... shouldnt have its worth more I believe, the programme cover had the Beatles as cartoon figures from that American series. I had the songs listed inside of what they performed that night, I did make a photo copy of the programme which I have somewhere, also I sold the ticket stubs with this programme, bad move again.
As I said it was a really bad foggy night and there were quite a few empty seats at the front, I think my mate said ''Phil why dont we go down to the front ?'' I said ''Nah we might get thrown out '',so we stayed where we were, we had a good view anyway as we were only a few rows from the front.
The Moody Blues were one of the support acts plus the Koobas.
It was a memorable night I can still see John Lennon running his elbow up and down on the electric piano during the song IM DOWN and I still remember George Harrison doing a perfect note for note guitar solo on NOWHERE MAN from their then recently released album RUBBER SOUL magic ! One thing, I have never seen any photographs from this concert I certainly didnt have a camera, but someone must have took some photos surely ?
I cannot remember how we got home that night it was certainly not by taxi, I think we probably walked to Piccadilly and got a bus from there.On the 12th Dec 1965 The Beatles had given there last ever UK stage concert at the Capitol Cinema in Cardiff Who'd thought though that 15 years later almost to that very same date of the concert I saw on Dec 7th , John Lennon would be dead by Dec 8th 1980 ?
After The Rolling Stones concert at the ABC Ardwick in 1966, there does not appear to be any gigs there until the mid-1970's. This was BEFORE the venue was rebranded as The Apollo. There a few gigs there in 1975 and 1976 including Marvin Gaye, Fatback Band and The Blue Jays.
Can anyone remember attending gigs there in the intervening years (1967 - 1976) or was it used exclusively as a cinema?
Cast Party. Really good gig on stage after the last night of the 1979 panto with Little and Large. Fond memories of much drinking and even more laughing. I was the luckiest mobile DJ in Manchester that night.
I attended Nichols School in 1958 and remember on a Thursday lunch time the group or artist appearing at the Ardwick Apollo that weekend would be practice and you could get in free to watch them, I remember seeing quite a few pop stars on there.
The photo of B. B. King is from the Manchester Apollo, 1978. Photograph by Manchester lensman Brian Smith which graced the cover of Blues & Rhythm 301 which features six tribute articles to B.B. King.