Live: Municipal Stadium, Kansas City

On September 17th 1964, The Beatles played the Municipal Stadium in Kansas City. This was originally scheduled as a day off, something very rare in the band's career and something they all cherished.

Brian Epstein was offered $60,000 for the boys to make a stop in Kansas City on their North American Tour. This offer was rejected. The next offer of $100,000 was also turned down. When local promoter Charlie Finley offered the Beatles' manager $150,000 he finally acquiesced.

"I remember the Kansas offer – for them to play an additional, unscheduled gig – kept coming up. It started out at $60,000 and they were saying 'no' because they had so few days off. Already that year they'd been to Paris, the States, appeared on the Ed Sullivan shows, come home and made the A Hard Day's Night record and movie. Then flown straight off on a world tour, and back to England for more concerts, TV and radio shows. And a visit to Sweden and straight after that an American tour.
They weren't getting any rest. A day off was precious; so if Brian wanted to fill one of their days off with an extra gig, they'd have to stop and think. To play thirty-five American cities was a big tour in those days. They'd play a gig on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, in different cities all over the States – flying in, hotel, press conference, gig, back to the hotel, flying out.
Brian had booked a 35-gig tour and they knew what they were doing and were committed to that. But to shove one more show in the middle was another story. So, The Beatles kept saying 'no', and the money kept going up. They agreed to do it in the end. The offer started at $60,000 and finally went to $150,000." - Neil Aspinall

While in Kansas The Beatles stayed on the 18th floor penthouse at the Muehlebach Tower Hotel. Their bed-linen and towels they used were later sold by the hotel's manager.

22,280 tickets were sold for the concert, although the venue could hold 35,000; with tickets costing between $2 and $8. As well as their typical set list below the Beatles added Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey to the set from their Beatles for Sale album.

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" 

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The Beatles at the Municipal Stadium, Kansas City, September 17th 1964. Photo by Bob Bonis.

The Beatles at the Municipal Stadium, Kansas City, September 17th 1964. Photo by Bob Bonis.

The Beatles at the Municipal Stadium, Kansas City, September 17th 1964. Photo by Bob Bonis.

The Beatles at the Municipal Stadium, Kansas City, September 17th 1964. Photo by Bob Bonis.

The Beatles at the Municipal Stadium, Kansas City, September 17th 1964. Photo by Bob Bonis.

The Beatles at the Municipal Stadium, Kansas City, September 17th 1964. Photo by Bob Bonis.

The Beatles at the Municipal Stadium, Kansas City, September 17th 1964. Photo by Bob Bonis.

The Beatles at the Municipal Stadium, Kansas City, September 17th 1964. Photo by Bob Bonis.

The Beatles holding a press conference in Kansas City, September 17th 1964.

The Beatles holding a press conference in Kansas City, September 17th 1964.