Live: Carnegie Hall

On February 12 1964, after stopping overnight in Washinton DC, The Beatles caught a train back to New York City for two concerts at Carnegie Hall. 

The concerts were promoted by Sid Bernstein, who also booked the Beatles for Shea Stadium the following year. According to Bernstein he actually made more money from the Carnegie Hall concert. After the security and logistical issues with Shea Stadium he ended up with nothing. 

Upon their arrival at Penn Station they were swamped by 10,000 fans awaiting their arrival. Their limousine took them to the Plaza Hotel for a brief shower before smuggling the band out to get them to Carnegie Hall on time.

The Beatles gave two 34 minute performances. 2,900 people watched both sellout shows, with some of the audience members sitting on the stage with the band. 

John Lennon was very unhappy with the show; likening it to more of a circus than a concert. 

 "Carnegie Hall was terrible! The acoustics were terrible and they had all these people sitting on the stage with us and it was just like Rockefeller's children backstage and it all got out of hand. It wasn't a rock show; it was just a sort of circus where we were in cages. We were being pawed and talked at and met and touched, backstage and onstage. We were just like animals." - John Lennon  

Set list

  1. Roll Over Beethoven
  2. From Me to You
  3. I Saw Her Standing There
  4. This Boy
  5. All My Loving
  6. I Wanna Be Your Man
  7. Please Please Me
  8. Till There Was You
  9. She Loves You
  10. I Want to Hold Your Hand
  11. Twist and Shout
  12. Long Tall Sally
The Beatles at Carnegie Hall, February 12th 1964. 

The Beatles at Carnegie Hall, February 12th 1964. 

George Harrison leading the way to Carnegie Hall's stage door, February 12th 1964. 

George Harrison leading the way to Carnegie Hall's stage door, February 12th 1964. 

Paul McCartney and John Lennon leaving Carnegie Hall, February 12th 1964.

Paul McCartney and John Lennon leaving Carnegie Hall, February 12th 1964.