by Billy J Shears
On the 9th December, the Beatles, John, Paul, George & Pete played before their lowest ever audience at the Palais Ballroom in Aldershot. A total of 18 people turned up to watch them at their first concert in the south of England.
The gig had been booked by the late Liverpool promoter Sam Leach, who was used to filling venues in the Beatles hometown of Liverpool and across the water on the Wirral.
He booked the Beatles and other Merseybeat bands alongside Rock 'n' Roll legends such as Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis & Gene Vincent to capacity audiences especially at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton where the first Operation Big Beat took place in front of 4,300 fans.
What happened in Aldershot?
A series of unfortunate events went against Sam:
The reason this incident came to mind is because in 2018 we were fortunate enough to see Paul McCartney three times in Liverpool at a pub, club & Arena.
On the 9th June 2018 Paul McCartney played a secret gig to 50 people at the Philharmonic Pub in Liverpool as part of James Corden's Carpool Karaoke show.
We've been in the pub a couple of times since the event but couldn't resist another visit to celebrate the first anniversary of his appearance there.
Talk soon got round to, was the Philharmonic Pub audience the lowest crowd Paul McCartney had played to since leaving the Beatles?
A few other appearances were thrown 'into the hat':
There's also the £1m birthday parties he performs for charity but if I'd paid a million pounds for Paul to play I'd want more than 50 people at my party!
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