The Beatles play two shows at the Coliseum in Seattle

On August 25th 1966, the Beatles played two shows at the Coliseum in Seattle, Washington, during their final tour. The first performance took place at 3pm and the second at 8pm. 

The evening show sold out to its 15,000 capacity but the 3pm show had 7,000 empty seats; possibly a result of the controversial remarks made earlier by John Lennon about the Beatles being more popular than Jesus. Later that evening the band were due to fly back to Los Angeles for a rare two days off.

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)

After this tour the Beatles would focus all their energy on the studio, developing new sounds and recording techniques; the likes of which would produce Magical Mystery Tour and Sgt. Pepper.

Paul McCartney and John Lennon tuning up backstage, 1966. Photo by Bob Bonis. 

Paul McCartney and John Lennon tuning up backstage, 1966. Photo by Bob Bonis.