Live: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

On August 28th 1966 the Beatles payed their penultimate concert at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles. Enthusiasm for touring was dwindling at this point in the band's career and they were largely playing to crowds who couldn't her them and weren't listening. 

The Beatles held a press conference before the show, where John Lennon was once again forced to confront the statements he made about the Beatles being more popular than Jesus. That night they played to 45,000 fans, with ticket prices between $3 and $6.

Things got out of control when the concert came to a close; fans grappled with police in an attempt to get at the Beatles. 25 were arrested and many were injured. The Beatles were forced to retreat to an underground dressing room for their own safety. There they waited for two hours while extra police officers were called in to restore order. 

The band eventually left in an armoured car to the property they were renting in Beverly Hills. The following day they headed for San Francisco and their final concert at Candlestick Park

SET LIST

  1. "Rock and Roll Music" (John Lennon)
  2. "She's a Woman" (Paul McCartney)
  3. "If I Needed Someone" (George Harrison)
  4. "Day Tripper" (Lennon and McCartney)
  5. "Baby's in Black" (Lennon and McCartney)
  6. "I Feel Fine" (Lennon)
  7. "Yesterday" (McCartney)
  8. "I Wanna Be Your Man" (Ringo Starr)
  9. "Nowhere Man" (Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison)
  10. "Paperback Writer" (McCartney)
  11. "Long Tall Sally" (McCartney)
"In 1966 the road was getting pretty boring and it was also coming to the end for me. Nobody was listening at the shows. That was OK at the beginning, but it got that we were playing really bad, and the reason I joined The Beatles was because they were the best band in Liverpool. I always wanted to play with good players. That was what it was all about. First and foremost, we were musicians: singers, writers, performers."

Ringo Starr

 The Beatles at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, August 28th 1966.

The Beatles at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, August 28th 1966.

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