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The Beatles last stop on North American Tour August 1965
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1965 Beatles Interview
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The Beatles in USA in 1965
The Beatles in USA in 1965
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The Beatles - Unknown Location, December 1965
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John Lennon - Press Conference with the Beatles (1965)
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The Beatles - Ticket To Ride [Shea Stadium, New York, United States]
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Beatles 1965 Rare Interview pt2
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The Beatles - NME - 1964 LIVE
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The Beatles in San Diego, California, 1965
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The Beatles in San Francisco in 1965
The Beatles in San Francisco in 1965
Published: 2013/09/02
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Top 5 Beatles Songs (1965)
Top 5 Beatles Songs (1965)
Published: 2016/12/19
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The Beatles. Live At The Washington Coliseum, 1964.
The Beatles. Live At The Washington Coliseum, 1964.
Published: 2010/11/18
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The Beatles - Twist & Shout - Performed Live On The Ed Sullivan Show 2/23/64
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The Beatles "Help" Live 1965 (Reelin
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THE BEATLES 1965 MBE
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Published: 2008/12/05
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Beatles 1965 Outtakes [Read description] :)
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Published: 2011/09/11
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Help The making of The Beatles 1965 film
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Published: 2014/02/23
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Published: 2012/05/12
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The Beatles - 1965 Christmas Message Outtakes - Pt One
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Published: 2010/12/19
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The Beatles at Balboa Stadium, San Diego CA on 28 August  1965
The Beatles at Balboa Stadium, San Diego CA on 28 August 1965
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Beatles At Palace (1965)
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The Beatles - 1965 Christmas Message Outtakes - Pt Three
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Published: 2010/12/19
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The Beatles in Texas (1964)
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Published: 2011/07/05
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Onderscheiding voor The Beatles (1965)
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Published: 2010/09/01
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Published: 2010/12/19
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(Synced) The Beatles - Live At The Candlestick Park - August 29th, 1966 - Source D
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Beatles Los Angeles Press Conference - 29 Aug 1965 [Audio Only]
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Beatles Los Angeles Press Conference 1966
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The Beatles 1965 US tour
Tour by The Beatles
Beatles american tour 1965.svg
The Beatles' roadmap
Start date 15 August 1965
End date 31 August 1965
Legs 1
No. of shows 16
The Beatles concert chronology

The Beatles staged their second concert tour of the United States (with one date in Canada) in the late summer of 1965. At the peak of American Beatlemania, they played a mixture of outdoor stadiums and indoor arenas, with two historic stops on this venture.

After this tour's conclusion, the Beatles, who had been touring, recording and promoting non-stop for three years, took a six-week break before reconvening in mid-October to record the album Rubber Soul.

The Shea Stadium show[edit]

The Shea Stadium concert on 15 August was record breaking and one of the most famous concert events of its era. It set records for attendance and revenue generation. Promoter Sid Bernstein said, "Over 55,000 people saw the Beatles at Shea Stadium. We took $304,000, the greatest gross ever in the history of show business (at the time)"[1] This demonstrated that outdoor concerts on a large scale could be successful and profitable.

The Beatles at their press conference at Metropolitan Stadium, in Bloomington, Minnesota, August 1965

The Beatles were transported to the rooftop Port Authority Heliport at the World's Fair by a New York Airways Boeing Vertol 107-II helicopter, then took a Wells Fargo armoured truck to the stadium. Two thousand security personnel were at the stadium to handle crowd control.[1] The crowd was confined to the spectator areas of the stadium with nobody other than the band members, their entourage, and security personnel allowed on the field. As a result of this, the audience was a long distance away from the band while they played on a small stage in the middle of the field.

"Beatlemania" was at one of its highest marks at the Shea Concert. Film footage taken at the concert shows many teenagers and women crying, screaming, and even fainting. The crowd noise was such that security guards can be seen covering their ears as the Beatles enter the field. Despite the heavy security presence individual fans broke onto the field a number of times during the concert and had to be chased down and restrained. Concert film footage also shows John Lennon light-heartedly pointing out one such incident as he attempted to talk to the audience in between songs.

The deafening level of crowd noise, coupled with the distance between the band and the audience, meant that nobody in the stadium could hear much of anything. Vox had specially designed 100-watt amplifiers for this tour; however, it was still not anywhere near loud enough, so the Beatles used the house amplification system. Lennon described the noise as "wild" and also twice as deafening when the Beatles performed. On-stage "fold-back" speakers were not in common use in 1965, rendering the Beatles' playing inaudible to each other, forcing them to just play through a list of songs nervously, not knowing what kind of sound was being produced, or whether they were playing in unison. The Beatles section of the concert was extremely short by modern standards (just 30 minutes) but was the typical 1965 Beatles tour set list, with Ringo opting to sing "Act Naturally" instead of "I Wanna Be Your Man".

A documentary titled The Beatles at Shea Stadium[1] was produced by Ed Sullivan (under his Sullivan Productions, Inc. banner), NEMS Enterprises Ltd. (which owns the 1965 copyright), and the Beatles company Subafilms Ltd. The project utilised twelve cameras to capture the mayhem and mass hysteria that was Beatlemania in America in 1965. With overdubs (or outright new recordings) by the Beatles in a London studio in January 1966 to cover audio problems throughout the concert recording, the documentary aired in the United States later in 1967 on the ABC television network, and has been widely available on the bootleg circuit for decades.

In May 2007, a recording of the entire show sourced from the actual in-line stadium public address system surfaced.[2] The recording offers a minute-by-minute document of the complete concert, including opening sets from King Curtis, Cannibal and the Headhunters, Brenda Holloway, Sounds Incorporated and The Discoteque Dancers. The recording is unaltered by overdubs and other editing.

The Hollywood Bowl shows[edit]

Two shows were played at Los Angeles' high-profile Hollywood Bowl; the second, on 30 August, featured one of the group's better performances and provided much of the material for the officially-released 1977 live album The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl.

Set list[edit]

The typical set list for the shows was as follows (with lead singers noted):[3]

  1. "Twist and Shout" (excerpt) (John Lennon) (not played at Minneapolis due to problems with Lennon's voice)
  2. "She's a Woman" (Paul McCartney)
  3. "I Feel Fine" (John Lennon)
  4. "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" (John Lennon)
  5. "Ticket to Ride" (John Lennon)
  6. "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" (George Harrison)
  7. "Can't Buy Me Love" (Paul McCartney)
  8. "Baby's in Black" (John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
  9. "I Wanna Be Your Man" (Ringo Starr) ("Act Naturally", also sung by Starr, played at Shea Stadium)
  10. "A Hard Day's Night" (John Lennon, with Paul McCartney)
  11. "Help!" (John Lennon)
  12. "I'm Down" (Paul McCartney)

Tour dates[edit]

The tour booklet cover
Date City Country Venue
15 August 1965 New York City United States Shea Stadium
17 August 1965, two shows Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens
18 August 1965 Atlanta United States Atlanta Stadium
19 August 1965, two shows Houston Sam Houston Coliseum
20 August 1965, two shows Chicago Comiskey Park
21 August 1965 Bloomington MN Metropolitan Stadium
22 August 1965, two shows Portland Memorial Coliseum
28 August 1965 San Diego Balboa Stadium
29 August 1965 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl
30 August 1965
31 August 1965, two shows Daly City CA Cow Palace

Additional Note: Plans to give a concert in Mexico City on this tour were cancelled at the discretion of the Mexican government.

Instruments and equipment[edit]

Instruments the Beatles had on the tour, shown here for each member of the group.

John Lennon

  • 1964 Rickenbacker 325 semi-hollow electric guitar
  • 1964 Gibson J-160E acoustic/electric guitar (used as a backup)
  • Vox Continental electric organs
    • Two organs were used on this tour. Lennon's aggressive playing damaged the first in Toronto, so it was replaced after the Atlanta performance.[4]

Paul McCartney

  • 1962 Hofner Violin hollowbody bass
  • 1961 Hofner Violin hollowbody bass (used as a backup)

George Harrison

  • 1963 Gretsch Tennessean hollowbody electric guitar
  • 1963 Rickenbacker 360/12 thinline electric guitar
  • 1963 Gretsch Country Gentleman hollowbody electric guitar (used as a backup)

Ringo Starr

  • Ludwig 22-inch-bass 4-piece drum kit
  • Number 5 drop-T logo bass drum head

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roy Carr & Tony Tyler, The Beatles: An Illustrated Record, 1976, p. 46
  2. ^ Rolling Stone Issue 1027, 31 May 2007 (page 90).
  3. ^ Nicholas Schaffner, The Beatles Forever, 1977, p. 45
  4. ^ John C. Winn, Way Beyond Compare: The Beatles Recorded Legacy, 2008 p. 344

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