Anniversary of The Beatles at Shea Stadium in '65

On August 15. 1965 The Beatles strolled across the infield and onto a rickety stage at Shea Stadium, the home of the New York Mets. They were flown by helicopter to the stadium in Flushing Meadows from their hotel in Manhattan.

At the time, the Beatles set a new world record for the largest attendance at a pop concert when they played in front of 55,600 fans. The band was paid $160,000 for the show.

Ringo Starr described the concert in The Beatles Anthology: "What I remember most about the concert was that we were so far away from the audience. And screaming had become the thing to do...everybody screamed. If you look at the footage, you can see how we reacted to the place. It was very big and very strange."

The band would play another show at Shea Stadium one year later on August 23, 1966 with only four concerts after that in the live performance portion of their career. And Paul McCartney was part of the very last show at the venue on July 18, 2008 Sir Paul flew in from rehearsal overseas for the Billy Joel concert. The two sang "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Let It Be", the last song of the night. Joel sat on top of piano and sang backup.

Here's the 12-song setlist of the 1965 show (by the way $160,000 divided by 12 is $13,333 per song):

  • "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!"
  • "I'm Down"
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