Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 26, 1964 (Wednesday)

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Lawrence St. Denver, Colorado, USA

Only 7,000 fans turned up to see the Beatle's one show in this natural amphitheatre, leaving 2,000 seats unoccupied. What???

The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 25, 1964 (Tuesday)

The 2nd day in Bel Air (resting) between concerts. Tomorrow - Colorado!

The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 24, 1964 (Monday)

The Beatles resting in Bel Air for the first of two days.

The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 23, 1964 (Sunday)

Hollywood Bowl, North Highland Ave. Los Angeles, California, USA

Capitol Records recorded the group at the Hollywood Bowl, a concert attended by 18,700 fans. Capitol planned an album for issue to the US record market only, since it was felt then that record buyers in Britain, although obsessed with anything by the Beatles, would not be interested in an LP of songs already in their collections, even if these were different recordings.

The concert was recorded, all 29 minutes of it, the tape was mixed, but it received a thumbs-down from Capitol and the Beatles because of poor quality and was put away until January 1977, when the three-track tapes were exhumed for the release of the historic live album, The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl.

From start to finish, the performance was also captured on film, by an amateur cameraman/woman and also by a newsreel company.

After the show, and for the next two days, the Beatles rested at a private house in Bel Air, only going outside for a private party, held in their honor (and in aid of a charity) during the afternoon.

The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 22, 1964 (Saturday)

Empire Stadium, Exhibition Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Attendance at this one show, the Beatle's first in Canada, was 20,261 and it was also broadcast live by local radio station CKNW. Immediately afterwards, the group flew back across the US border to Los Angeles, arriving at 3:55 am.

The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 21, 1964 (Friday)

Colisieum, Harrison St. Seattle, Washington, USA

One 29 minute performance with an audience of 14,720 fans.

The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 20, 1964 (Thursday)

Convention Center, Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, Nevada USA

The Beatles flew to Las Vegas immediately after the Cow Palace performance, arriving at 1:00. They performed two shows at 4:00 and 9:00 pm, before a combined audience of 16,000. "Till There Was You", was temporarily added to the repertoire.

The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 19, 1964 (Wednesday)

Cow Palace, Geneva Ave. San Francisco, CA USA

The first of 25 dates in the "The Beatle's First American Tour". It actually was their 2nd visit, but certainly the group's first major tour around the continent and even venturing into Canada for three concerts.

The Beatles performed just 12 songs and the tour's support acts were in order of appearance, the Bill Black Combo, the Exciters, the Righteous Brothers and Jackie DeShannon.

All 17,130 seats for this concert were SOLD, gate receipts totalling $91,670. The Beatles gross share of this was $47,600.

The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 18, 1964 (Tuesday)

On August 18th, the Beatles returned to the States to kick off the 1964 North American Tour - 24 cities and 32 performances in just 34 days.

The Beatles flight from London arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, August 18th.

The first concert of the tour would be held the following night in San Francisco at the Cow Palace. When the Beatles arrived at San Francisco International Airport at 6:25 pm there was a crowd of over 9,000 screaming teenagers.

The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 17, 1964 (Monday)

The Beatles are packing for the USA tour.