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Live: Municipal Stadium, Kansas City

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

Brian Epstein was offered $50,000 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.

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" (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 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.