“Bob Eubanks’ Backstage with The Beatles” – an evening of music, never-before-seen photos, and behind-the-scenes stories about The Beatles from Bob Eubanks, will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine in Malibu, CA
In his interview with Sal Gomez, Mr. Eubanks recalls memories of The Beatles Hollywood Bowl shows and producing The Beatles concerts all three years they toured America:
“Because I was a disc jockey at a very popular radio station, I could feel Beatlemania building up and after the Ed Sullivan show, it was obvious to me we had a winner.
In the afternoon, their road manager came to me and said the boys would like to talk to you. I was having a pretty tough day, so, I walked into the room where they were and Paul said to me, “We understand you are having a rough day, and if there is anything we can do for you, please let us know”. After that I was not having a bad day and I was most appreciative.
Because it was my first concert, I didn’t hold enough seats back for the press and for celebrity fans, so, it got a little dicey, but in the end, everybody was happy.
I gave Capitol Records permission to record both ’64 and ’65. The Beatles were not happy with either, but George Martin finally put it all together and it was released in ’77. At the time there were not any great sound systems. In fact, I was forced to use the Hollywood Bowl sound equipment as part of my contract with them. I don’t even think The Beatles had monitors on stage, so you can see how difficult it must have been.
It became obvious to me that they were very unhappy and stressed because they couldn’t hear themselves and felt that they had to compete with 18,000 kids screaming. As I look back, it must have been very stressful and over the 3 years, I could see it taking its toll.”
Hear more stories at the event with Bob in Malibu: