the concert that they performed at the Shea Stadium, in August 1965, which probably remains the greatest and the craziest live moment of their career.
Two months before, The Beatles had started an European Tour which had opened in Paris on June 20th. Then, the Tour had taken the band to Lyon and Nice, France, and to Italy and Spain. The third Beatles' US tour started on August 13rd when the band took off from Heathrow and landed at JFK. On that same day, the US version of Help! was released by Capitol. The US Tour would last until the end of the month and would lead the boys to New York, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
On next day, August 14th, The Beatles went to the CBS studios for some rehearsals before recording a live tape for The Ed Sullivan Show in the evening.
The US tour really opened on August 15th with a concert scheduled in New York at the Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets baseball team. This was the first time in the history of music that a stadium was used for a rock concert ! Seen by 55,600 fans, it created a new world record for a pop concert in terms of attendance and gross revenue. The Beatles' share of the $304,000 box-office takings was also a record - $160,000.
This concert had to be popularized through the media and no less than a dozen of cameramen staffs were ready to follow the Beatles' travel from their hotel to the stadium. A planned spectacular entry into the stadium by helicopter, landing on the baseball playing area, was first decided by the authorities of New York.
Instead, the group travelled both by car and by helicopter to reach the stadium. The police feared that fans would jam the tunnels in and out of Manhattan so the group was first escorted by limousine to the Manhattan East River Heliport and from there they flew over New York City to the roof of the World's Fair building in Queens. There they transferred from the helicopter to a Wells Fargo armoured van where they were each given a Wells Fargo agent badge.
As usual for those days, there was a full bill, and the 55,600 fans sat through the King Curtis Band, Cannibal and the Headhunters, Brenda Holloway, The Young Rascals and Sounds Incorporated before Ed Sullivan finally walked on stage to announce The Beatles:"Now, ladies and gentlemen, honoured by their country, decorated by their Queen, loved here in America, here are The Beatles!"
Rushing out from the Wells Fargo van which had driven them into the stadium, The Beatles finally sprinted through a tunnel, out into a deafening wall of screams and onto the stage positioned at second base.
What a show ! The intense excitement of this record-breaking concert, mixed with a high degree of fan hysteria, resulted in a fantastic and unbelievable atmosphere ! The two thousand policemen, in charge of the security in the stadium, were driven mad by the shouting and stirring crowd. Vox had made some new and big special amplifiers devoted to the Beatles' tour. The usual power for such amplifiers was 30 W; now they were able to deliver a huge 100 W ! But that was still insufficient, the crowd screaming was stronger....
Fans were screaming all along the show and could hear almost nothing from the Beatles' performance...
... and it didn't matter, they wanted to see The Beatles, nothing more...
But this was a problem for the Fabulous Four who could neither hear what they played ! They had to look at each other to check whether they were still synchronised, unable to rely on Ringo's beat or on anyone else playing.
This was particularly hard for Ringo who stood behind the three others and who couldn't neither see them, nor hear them.
When Paul started to perform I'm Down, John suddenly decided to react againt the crazy hysteria.
He stopped playing seriously and went himself into a mad and funny performance, playing on the harmonium using his elbows - a la Jerry Lee Lewis. This funny sequence resulted in disturbing George who began to laugh and was soon unable to go on playing correctly, but who cared ??
01. Twist And Shout
02. She's A Woman
03. I Feel Fine
04. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
05. Ticket To Ride
06. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
07. Can't Buy Me Love
08. Baby's In Black
09. I Wanna BeYour Man
10. A Hard Day's Night
12. I'm Down