The Drifters nailed it in 1962 with the Gerry Goffin-Carole King song Up On The Roof.
Something liberating about escaping to the rooftop and leaving the rest of the world behind.
Although I wouldn’t recommend it today because the cold is coming back with a vengeance.
Well this morning I blogged about the Beatles rooftop concert. It happened on this day in 1969. Here’s the complete concert. It was cold in London that day, but not Chicago cold.
An XRT listener posted this video on my facebook page. It’s the Jefferson Airplane on a rooftop in Manhattan a year before the Beatles historic rooftop concert. NYC’s version of a be-in I guess. If you’re playing this video for the kids, make sure they stick their fingers in their ears for the introduction. Unless you want them going around repeating that word for weeks. And like the Beatles rooftop concert, the cops broke it up. Bummer. One thing to note, the guitarist and bass player Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady will play as Hot Tuna for an XRT show at the Old Town School, Saturday, February 23rd. I saw them there a year or so ago, and they were incredible.
The cops came after U2 as well when they wanted to promote their new song Where The Streets Have No Name on a rooftop in Los Angeles. I think law enforcement doesn’t hate music. It’s a crowd control issue. Nothing to see here. Move along.
U2 did not fight the law when they sang Beautiful Day on the rooftop of the BBC studios in London. It was to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Beatles rooftop concert. Again…people showed up.
But you kinda get the feeling it’s more fun without permission. Red Hot Chilli Peppers jumped on the bandwagon, or the roof, when they did a rooftop concert in Venice Beach. Without a permit. Some very angry resident couldn’t get past the police to go home. She’s worth watching the video for. She was not amused.
Now it’s all the rage. There is even a series of rooftop concerts in Provo, Utah. Is it as much fun when it’s not a surprise?
Lots of Beatle tribute bands have recreated the Apple concert. Some even dress just like the fabs on January 30, 1969, down to Ringo’s red raincoat. But my fave is the Rutles. The pre-fab 4. Neil Innes is a bloody genius.
You can invite the kids back into the room to see this Rock Band inspired tribute to the rooftop concert.
But to wrap up our trip up on the roof, let’s get back to NYC. Paul McCartney made an appearance on the David Letterman show, and thrilled the fans outside with a set from the top of the marque of the Ed Sullivan Theatre. No cops this time. Dave must have gotten a permit. By the way, that’s the very same theatre where the Beatles conquered American, and my heart, in February of 1964. Get back, indeed.