Live: Civic Arena, Pittsburgh

On September 14th 1964, The Beatles touched down at Greater Pittsburgh Airport for their one and only performance in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; playing to over 12,600 fans.

4,000 people turned out to greet the Beatles at the airport, where the boys were quickly whisked into their waiting limousine and driven away with a large police escort.

5,000 more fans awaited their arrival at the Civic Arena, where Pittsburgh police struggled to contain the mania. Police insisted the concert producers hire 100 policemen at a cost of $50 per officer; making protecting the Beatles a rather costly endeavour.

The hysteria in Pittsburgh reached such a pitch that no hotel would accommodate the band, and they didn't spend the night.

The set lasted 30 minutes, which was standard for their 1964 American shows.

Set list

  1. "Twist and Shout" 
  2. "I Want To Hold Your Hand" 
  3. "I Saw Her Standing There" 
  4. "You Can't Do That" 
  5. "All My Loving"
  6. "I Wanna Be Your Man" 
  7. "She Loves You"
  8. "Till There Was You"
  9. "Roll Over Beethoven"
  10. "Can't Buy Me Love" 
  11. "This Boy" 
  12. "Long Tall Sally" 
The Beatles on stage at the Civic Arene, Pittsburgh, September 14th 1964.  

The Beatles on stage at the Civic Arene, Pittsburgh, September 14th 1964.  

The Beatles arrive at Greater Pittsburgh Airport, September 14th 1964.

The Beatles arrive at Greater Pittsburgh Airport, September 14th 1964.

Poster for the Beatles' performance at the Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, September 14th 1964.  

Poster for the Beatles' performance at the Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, September 14th 1964.  

Police struggle to hold fans back at the entrance to the Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, September 14th 1964.

Police struggle to hold fans back at the entrance to the Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, September 14th 1964.