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It was 40 years ago today... The Beatles' last public performance

by John Harkin. Published Fri 30 Jan 2009 11:36, last updated: 30/01/09

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Beatles last ever live performance so here at Click we've decided to remind people of the bands infamous rooftop gig.

John, Paul, George and Ringo wowed crowds by giving an impromptu show on the rooftop of their Apple HQ in Savile Row.

Playing five songs: Get Back, Don't Let Me Down, I've Got A Feeling, One After 909 and Dig A Pony, things were brought to a halt by police after an hour.

John Lennon telling fans: "I'd like to say 'thank you' on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition!"

The group would come together again later in the year to make their final album, Abbey Road but eventually the band split in 1970.

Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society founder Gene Grimes said: "The rooftop performance is one of the most iconic moments in history.

"It may have been 40-years ago but it seems like just yesterday.

"It seems strange that this gig was meant to mark the return of the boys as a live band. and it turned out to be their last ever live performance.

"But it just makes them even more iconic, and John's words at the end will never be forgotten.

"I think we can safely say they passed the audition."

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