The Beatles are arguably the most iconic band of all-time who remain culturally relevant more than 40 years after they broke up. Now a collection of never-before-seen photos of the band have been released to the public are are available for purchase on Ebay. Here are some of these rare pictures, along with captions provided by the Bob Bonis Archive. (Bonis managed the band in the mid-1960s along with the Rolling Stones.) To see more images, head over to the Huffington Post.
August 30, 1965: Heading to Cow Palace outside San Francisco
Also on the plane from Hollywood with the Beatles was Joan Baez, who visited them backstage in San Francisco. In the weeks before, the Beatles had played 16 shows in nine cities to more than 300,000 screaming teenage fans.
August 16, 1966: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
August 21, 1966: St. Louis Missouri
These few moments of peace turned out to be fleeting, as once the Beatles took the stage, they were pummeled with a downpour. Though the venue had constructed a makeshift shelter out of slivers of corrugated iron, rain still dripped on the amps and created a downright soggy attitude in the band. Paul McCartney called the show “worse than those early days” at the Cavern Club, one of the very reasons he finally agreed with the others to stop touring forever.
August 1964: Bel Air, California
With such an intense schedule, downtime was a luxury, yet this mini-vacation almost didn’t happen. In town for their Aug. 23 historic show at the famous Hollywood Bowl, the boys soon found out that L.A. wasn’t exactly willing to roll out the red carpet. Lockheed Airport in Burbank refused to let their plane land, and The Ambassador Hotel cancelled their reservations out of fear of being inundated with crazed fans. Luckily, British actor Reginald Owen offered up his Bel Air manse for the bargain price of $1,000.
August 21, 1965: Bloomington, Minnesota
In a beautifully intimate moment in the middle of 25,000 fans, Paul McCartney turns away from the audience and beams when he finds Bob Bonis…the Beatles’ genuine affection for their tour manager and friend is lovingly captured here.
August 22, 1964: Seattle, Washington
When the plane finally landed in Vancouver, it was incredibly late. John quipped at the press conference before the show that it was “because of the hair—have to be deloused before you can get in.” In reality, the pilot was missing a necessary stamp on his passport and had to return to Seattle to get it. Perhaps flying the most famous foursome of all time made him just a little nervous.