Live: Cow Palace, San Francisco

On August 19th 1964 the Beatles first official tour of America began with a concert at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Although they had previously played in Washington DC, New York and Miami, this was their first tour of the country.

The band played to a frenzied sell-out crowd of 17,130 screaming fans, and made over $47,000 for the half hour show. Their performance had to be stopped twice because of fans throwing jelly beans onto the stage; the previous year George had told a reporter he liked jelly beans. When fans got wind of this they began pelting the stage with the hard candy.

The mania was particularly visceral at this show with a number of female fans requiring first aid. Fainting became commonplace at the Beatles' shows. When it was time to go the band simply dropped their instruments and ran for their transport; which was a waiting ambulance to take them back to the hotel.

The Beatles returned to the Cow Palace the following year, on August 31st 1965.

 "On tour that year, it was crazy. Not within the band. In the band we were normal, and the rest of the world was crazy.
Everywhere we went, the police were putting on their display. Everybody got into the mania. You could make a film, just showing how idiotic everybody else was whenever The Beatles came to town." - George Harrison

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Paul McCartney at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, August 19th 1964. 

Paul McCartney at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, August 19th 1964. 

Set list

  • Twist and Shout
  • You Can't Do That
  • All My Loving
  • She Loves You
  • Till There Was You
  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Can't Buy Me Love
  • If I Fell
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • Boys
  • A Hard Day's Night
  • Long Tall Sally
Paul McCartney and John Lennon at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, August 19th 1964. 

Paul McCartney and John Lennon at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, August 19th 1964. 

George Harrison at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, August 19th 1964. 

George Harrison at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, August 19th 1964. 

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