Beatles security overkill and smoky Neil...

The Neil, inhaling apparently, 1972. (Photo: Jack Kay/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

6/30/1966 (49 years ago today) - Another in a long line of reasons why they wanted to stop touring: The Beatles played the first of three concerts at the Budokan in Japan with 3,000 working police officers lined up and ready at each performance to handle the sold-out crowd(s) of 10,000 per show. When they weren't onstage, the boys were essentially locked up in their hotel suites. No sight-seeing, no eating out, no nuthin'. Touring has become a drag.

6/30/1973 (42 years ago today) - George Harrison knocks Paul McCartney off the top of the U.S. singles chart with "Give Me Love, Give Me Peace On Earth". It is George's second Number One single as a solo artist.

6/30/1976 (39 years ago today) - Police raid the home of Neil Diamond searching for drugs. They find less than an ounce of marijuana. This actually happened.

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