Never-before-seen images show The Beatles on their last ever tour

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2011, 11:25 AM IST

London: Behind-the-scenes snapshots of The Beatles, which were taken by the band’s tour manager on their last American tour in 1966, has been published in a new book for the first time.

Taken by Bob Bonis, these pictures are part of a collection that remained unseen for four decades until his son Alex opened his late father’s archive of memorabilia, reports the Daily Mail.

Extracted from ‘The Lost Beatles Photographs’, by Larry Marion, the fresh-faced four from Liverpool appear relaxed as they tour the States. But they also seem lost in thought — for behind the unique photographs is a story of disappointment as fame began to take its toll.

By the time of the last U.S. tour in 1966 The Beatles knew they couldn’t carry on. There was no fun in playing live any more and the sounds created for their Revolver album couldn’t be reproduced when piped through the primitive sound systems of the stadiums in which they performed.

When they returned to Britain, it was to the recording studios, the only place they would ever play together again as a band. Though they struggled on for another three years, the end was inevitable. What these pictures capture is The Beatles’ calm at the centre of a hurricane of their own creation.