The Rolling Stones had this same problem with screaming fans, and sometimes for a laugh they would play Popeye The Sailor Man and no one noticed.
Word of this issue made it back to English amplifier makers (Vox, Marshall) who started work on more powerful equipment, which future rockers would find very useful.
Fun follow-up fact: this gave them the idea to make albums that were never meant/possible to be recreated for a live audience. If not for these frustrations, we may have never had Sgt Pepper!
I saw them at Shea stadium - couldn’t hear one note. Fantastic!
What I learned, from a documentary on Netlfix I think, is that when they played in Japan, the crowd was much quieter, and the band was shocked to hear how lousy they now sounded in concert, especially compared to their studio work.
Then in 1969 when John played live at the Peace in Toronto festival he was blown away how much technology had grown and he could actually hear himself on stage
They also stopped touring because of the death threats made over Johns "we're more popular than Jesus" comments
Also, due to the complexities in the new music they were recording at the time, they found they were unable to perform their new songs live.
They released Revolver in 1966 then went out on tour, but they didn't play any of the songs off that album
They couldn't even hear themselves play a lot of the time.
I recall audiences in theaters screaming while viewing *A Hard Day's Night* and *Help.* Yeah, I'm old.
I never understood why concert attendees, especially young women/teens, feel the need to scream loudly and high pitched at concerts.
I can understand when a famous song or song you like starts, but that should be it. Best concerts I've ever been to was of the Glenn Miller Tribute Band. The fans were all old (I was probably the youngest there at 15 and again at 27), many people danced on the dance floor, no one screamed, people clapped when songs ended, it was classy and perfect.
Also the physical danger of fans storming the stage. No amount of security could keep them away.
My mom saw them in ‘65 I think. She couldn’t hear anything. They needed The Dead’s sound system.
My dad and I are (were) huge Beatles fans, and ~10 years ago sat down to do the Anthology together. For those who don't know, the documentary is an eleven & a half hour breakdown of their entire early life and career as the Beatles - done by them. It's ridiculously good and I highly recommend it if you're at all interested in them as a band.
Dad had seen it before, while it was my first time. He commented early on that I would learn why they stopped touring and it would be a heartbreaking realization. I waited anxiously episode by episode, expecting the death of Brian Epstein to break their spirits or something. Finally it was revealed that the reason they stopped was because they knew no one was listening at concerts. At first, I didn't see the big deal having been looking for something really dramatic from the start. With time I've come to appreciate what he was saying though. I can't imagine what it would have been like to have been the biggest band ever, to still be kids, to have doubts about yourself like any normal person that were probably amplified to astronomic levels by the scrutiny your public life and put you under, and to come to the realization on your own that people weren't really listening to you perform.
The story of the Beatles is almost as good as the music they made.