The Beatles Irish Concerts chronicles the Fab Four’s riotous, entertaining and historic visits to Ireland in 1963 and 1964, at the height of Beatlemania. Based on over 200 interviews, this 223-page book, containing 20 photographs, brings you backstage at the Adelphi in Dublin and the ABC Ritz in Belfast in 1963, and also features the Kings’s Hall concerts in Belfast in 1964 – painting a never-before-told story of the days Ireland shook to its foundations when ‘Beatlemania’ came to town.
Colm Keane has interviewed the fans, autograph hunters, support bands, police, hotel and cinema staff, promoters, press, airport employees, medical personnel, along with Beatles’ staff and George Harrison’s Irish cousins. He spoke to the screaming girls who fainted and suffered convulsions while attending the shows. They describe how they cried hysterically, pulled their hair out, tore off clothes and complained that their heads were bursting apart. He graphically describes how riots erupted on the streets and how both cities were like war zones.
The author has also interviewed stars including Adam Faith, Brian Poole, The Searchers, Peter Jay of The Jaywalkers, The Kestrels, Vernons Girls, Brook Brothers, Remo Four and many others.
Published by Capel Island Press
‘Meticulously researched and hugely entertaining’ RTÉ Guide
‘Wonderful’ Evening Herald
‘A fantastic book’ Downtown Radio Belfast