Beatles By Day

Long time ago when we was fab

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" (John Lennon)
  2. "I Want To Hold Your Hand" (John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
  3. "I Saw Her Standing There" (Paul McCartney)
  4. "You Can't Do That" (John Lennon)
  5. "All My Loving" (Paul McCartney)
  6. "I Wanna Be Your Man" (Ringo Starr)
  7. "She Loves You" (John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
  8. "Till There Was You" (Paul McCartney)
  9. "Roll Over Beethoven" (George Harrison)
  10. "Can't Buy Me Love" (Paul McCartney)
  11. "This Boy" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison)
  12. "Long Tall Sally" (Paul McCartney)
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.

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.

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.