The Beatles had the chance to perform anywhere in the world, but they never visited Russia due to a worrying reason.
For a decade, The Beatles toured in several countries across the globe. While the Fab Four would have made it to anywhere they liked, the USSR – or Russia – did not want to welcome them.
Real Reason Why The Beatles Only Performed in Russia After Disbanding
During the 1960s, the USSR banned western media as part of its censorship in the country. According to Smithsonian Magazine, even rock was banned that teens had to take the songs through old x-rays. This led USSR to face major problems with smuggled recordings.
It took the country 20 years before it relieved the restrictions – during which The Beatles already disbanded.
More than a decade after The Beatles’ disbandment, Paul McCartney recorded an album that was meant to be released exclusively in Russia. Titled “CHOBA B CCCP,” which means “Back Again in the USSR), featured the singer singing songs by Fats Domino, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley.
Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock” also made it to the record.
In 2003, McCartney finally took his first steps in Russia and held his first-ever performance in the country in the Red Square.
How Much The Beatles Earned Per Show
The Beatles got so popular that they members only found peace when they checked into their hotel suite and locked themselves in the bathroom, as George Harrison noted in “Anthology.”
It all started during the band’s 1964 first full North American tour. At that time, they visited 24 different cities within 33 days.
One day, their manager Brian Epstein received an offer to have the band play in Kansas City for $50,000. He declined it although The Beatles were only earning around $40,000 per show.
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That decision, eventually, led “Hey Jude” hitmakers to receive their highest pay yet per show.
Charles Finley, the one who brought The Beatles to Oakland, he scored the band’s yes by doubling his initial bid to $100,000. In today’s money, that amount would be nearly around $800,000 to $1 million per show.
In its run, The Beatles headlined 11 shows from 1963 to 1966. They also co-headlined several tours, including Helen Shapiro Tour during the winter of 1963, Tommy Roe/Chris Montez UK tour in the Spring of 1963, and Tommy Roe/Chris Montez UK tour.
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