Wes Wilson (1937-2020)
Beatles Candlestick Park - Last Concert Ever, 1966
Signed and dated 12-29-69 by Wes Wilson
First printing, lithograph, Condition: Excellent
Framed: 30 3/4" tall x 23 3/4" wide
This poster is exceptionally rare and historically significant. It is the only Beatles concert poster to have been created by the psychedelic school of artists - in this case by the Father of the Psychedelic poster, Wes Wilson. Although they made an unannounced live appearance in January 1969 on the rooftop of the Apple building, this poster advertises the FINAL Beatles concert ever. The press run was exceptionally small - only 300 posters were printed, and this is one of maybe 100 that have survived. Finally, it has a Wes Wilson signature that is dated 12/28/69.
“There was a big talk at Candlestick Park that this had got to end. At that San Francisco gig it seemed that this could possibly be the last time, but I never felt 100% certain till we got back to London. John wanted to give up more than the others. He said that he'd had enough.” - Ringo Starr
The stage was located just behind second base on the field. The show began at 8pm and the Beatles took to the stage at 9.27pm, and performed 11 songs: Rock And Roll Music, She's A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Day Tripper, Baby's In Black, I Feel Fine, Yesterday, I Wanna Be Your Man, Nowhere Man, Paperback Writer and Long Tall Sally. They put on an energetic performance that was longer than their usual 20-25 minutes. Paul had asked someone to tape the show and a cassette bootleg was made and widely circulated - it’s easy to find on YouTube and they sound pretty darn good!
The group knew it was to be their final concert. Recognizing its significance, Lennon and McCartney took a camera onto the stage, with which they took pictures of the crowd, the rest of the group, and themselves at arm's length. “Before one of the last numbers, we actually set up this camera, I think it had a fisheye, a wide-angle lens. We set it up on the amplifier and Ringo came off the drums, and we stood with our backs to the audience and posed for a photograph, because we knew that was the last show.” - George Harrison
After the show the Beatles were quickly taken to the airport in an armored car. They flew from San Francisco to Los Angeles, arriving at 12.50am. During the flight George Harrison was heard to exclaim: "That's it, then. I'm not a Beatle anymore.
Excellent. Some light scuffing. Overall light abrasion on upper left hand black border. Slight handling dents at top middle. Some handling wear along bottom edge, bottom left corner has a slight bend. Yellow border has a slightly discolored “dot” by the “s” in “remains.” And there is another, smaller dot about an inch above. Three slight circular discolorations are going up the left border plus one very small dot by upper left corner of yellow border.