30 June, 1966 - The Beatles Played At The Budokan


In the summer of '66, whilst on their tour of Japan and the Philippines, the band performed at the Budokan in Tokyo.

Performing at the venue brought controversy to The Beatles:

"People were demonstrating because the Budokan (where we were playing) was supposed to be a special spiritual hall reserved for martial arts."


"People go to Tokyo to go shopping, but we couldn't get out of the hotel. I once tried and a policeman came running after me. I did actually manage it, but he organised half the Tokyo police force to come with us. I had wanted to go and see the Emperor's palace, but the policeman wasn't too keen on the idea."


'Things were so tense the whole time' - The Beatles at Budokan
Playing Budokan

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