The Beatles’ 3rd tour of the US began on Sunday, 15 August 1965, playing before 55,600 fans at Shea Stadium. It was the largest audience for a rock concert to that time, and the first “stadium show.”
Beatles were flown by helicopter from Manhattan to the stadium in Queens. An armored car then drove
the group onto the field, where a stage was set up on second base. Fans
were allowed only in stadium seats and not on the field, fenced in to protect both the band and the infield grass.
“What I remember most about the concert was that we were so far away from the audience,” Ring Starr said. “It was totally against what we had started out to achieve, which was to entertain, right there, up close.”
Beatles performed a 30-minute set of 12 songs: “Twist And Shout,”
“She’s A Woman,” “I Feel Fine,” “Dizzy Miss Lizzy,” “Ticket To Ride,”
“Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Baby’s In
Black,” “Act Naturally,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Help!” and “I’m Down.”
As soon as they finished, the armored car sped across the field, the Beatles were in the car and on the move “no more than twenty seconds after they
stepped off the stage. The back gate of Shea opened, the armored car
sped through and they were gone,” promoter Sid Bernstein wrote in his autobiography.
Isn’t this incredible? After all these years, Ringo still has those rings he used to wear all the time! I thought he’d maybe lost them but it appears not. Imagine walking about wearing HIS rings on your hand! They have so much history, went through so much and became so iconic! Now… I think it’s time to rob a bank so I can afford to bid on them!