The Beatles return to Shea Stadium

The Beatles returned to Shea Stadium on August 23rd 1966; having played there just over a year ago to a record crowd of over 56,000, on August 15th, 1965.

This time around there were 11,000 empty seats. But despite this The Beatles earned more money than the previous year's concert, netting $189,000 for their performance. But at this stage the band had become weary of touring and could see the end in sight. During the show several hundred fans broke through the barriers and headed for the stage, but fortunately security was able to keep them from getting to John, Paul, George or Ringo. 

"Curiously enough the second Shea Stadium concert had about 11,000 seats unsold. So it was a pretty unsettling time. And it was against this background that they said, Right, we definitely won't do any more. We are going to have a break and then we are going into the studio to make a record." - George Martin

Set list

  1. "Rock and Roll Music" (John Lennon)
  2. "She's a Woman" (Paul McCartney)
  3. "If I Needed Someone" (George Harrison)
  4. "Day Tripper" (Lennon and McCartney)
  5. "Baby's in Black" (Lennon and McCartney)
  6. "I Feel Fine" (Lennon)
  7. "Yesterday" (McCartney)
  8. "I Wanna Be Your Man" (Ringo Starr)
  9. "Nowhere Man" (Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison)
  10. "Paperback Writer" (McCartney)
  11. "Long Tall Sally" (McCartney)
The Beatles at Shea Stadium, August 23rd, 1966.

The Beatles at Shea Stadium, August 23rd, 1966.

Ticket for the Beatles' concert at Shea Stadium, August 23rd, 1966. 

Ticket for the Beatles' concert at Shea Stadium, August 23rd, 1966. 

Poster for the Beatles' concert at Shea Stadium, August 23rd, 1966. 

Poster for the Beatles' concert at Shea Stadium, August 23rd, 1966. 

John Lennon at Shea Stadium, August 23rd, 1966.

John Lennon at Shea Stadium, August 23rd, 1966.

The Beatles at Shea Stadium, August 23rd, 1966.

The Beatles at Shea Stadium, August 23rd, 1966.

The Beatles at Shea Stadium, August 23rd, 1966. 

The Beatles at Shea Stadium, August 23rd, 1966. 

George Harrison and Paul McCartney at Shea Stadium, August 23rd, 1966. 

George Harrison and Paul McCartney at Shea Stadium, August 23rd, 1966. 

John Lennon at Shea Stadium, August 23rd, 1966. 

John Lennon at Shea Stadium, August 23rd, 1966. 

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