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[VIDEO] June 6, 1964 | The Beatles Play Holland

June 6, 1964 - Prior to performing two concerts in the village of Blokker in Holland — their only two shows on Dutch soil — the Beatles and Jimmie Nicol, who is filling in for Ringo Starr on drums — toured the canals of Holland today in a glass-topped tourist boat.

50,000 people turned out to see them in Amsterdam, and police leave was canceled so all 15,000 officers were on duty. Some fans dived into the canals to try to reach the mop-topped lads, but they were quickly dealt with my police.

Following their Amsterdam jaunt, the Beatles performed two shows in Veilinghal Op Hoop Van Zegen, an auction hall situated on Veilingweg in Blokker, a village 40km north of Amsterdam. The first show was a matinee for 2,000 fans beginning at 2:30 p.m., after which they gave an evening performance to a sell-out crowd of 7,000.

In between the two shows the Beatles had been expected to attend a civic reception held in their honour at a local restaurant, followed by a visit to a traditional Dutch village. Unaware of the plans, they napped in their dressing room and inadvertently insulted the people of Blokker.


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