At 8:15 pm, on Aug. 15, 1965, The Beatles took the stage at Shea Stadium in New …

Written by on August 15, 2018


At 8:15 pm, on Aug. 15, 1965, The Beatles took the stage at Shea Stadium in New York City, marking the very first time a rock band would headline a stadium concert. Tickets for the show, sold merely by word of mouth created by kids who asked the concert promoter Sid Bernstein about the next Beatles show while he strolled in Central Park. The concert sold out in just three weeks, beating the stadium’s old seating record with 56,000 seats sold.

Two thousand professionals were hired for security. The concert, filmed for BBC and NBC both, also featured openers Brenda Holloway and The King Curtis Band.

The attendance record would stand until Grand Funk Railroad out did it a few years later.

On Aug. 15, 1965, New York City was the place to be for great Rock and Roll. Just 4 years later to the day, the place to be was in Upstate New York in a little place called White Lake.

How many of you were there for the first time The Beatles played Shea, 53 years ago tonight! For our younger friends, this was a really big show for the time. It was record breaking.

And just 4 years later…. Woodstock.




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