This was a milestone in musical history. It was the first major stadium concert. As far as I'm concerned this was the most famous of all Beatles' live shows, right up there with the rooftop apple jam.
John Lennon in 1970: "At Shea Stadium, I saw the top of the mountain."
In 1965 the Beatles were, for all intents and purposes, bigger than Jesus Christ. A naive John Lennon would state this observation and the band would suffer the consequences in the not too distant future. This was long before any talk of drugs or the psychedelic times of the later nineteen sixties.
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Ringo:"What I remember most about the concert was that we were so far away from the audience. ... And screaming had become the thing to do. ... Everybody screamed. If you look at the footage, you can see how we reacted to the place. It was very big and very strange."
There must have been a few hundred Beatle fans outside Shea as well. This guy on the roof of the car couldn't get tickets for the concert, but he found a way to get Beatle boots. I wonder what my parents thought of me when I said at, eight years old, I had to have Beatle boots for school.
Fun Fact: From WIKIpedia-The first major music event to play Shea Stadium after the Beatles was the Summer Festival for Peace on August 6, 1970. It was a day-long fundraiser, which featured many of the era's biggest selling and seminal rock, folk, blues and jazz performers including: Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steppenwolf, The James Gang, Miles Davis, Tom Paxton, John Sebastian and others.
New found footage of Grand Funk Railroad live at Shea, 1971. At the very end you can see why the structural engineers were worried. They really rocked the house.
Another fun fact: During this tour, at a show in Atlanta, the Beatles gave one of the first live performances ever to make use of a foldback system of on-stage monitor speakers. Those were the small stage monitors that are placed in front of the singers so they could better hear their own voice and stay in key. This was done out of necessity, not convenience, because the crowds at Beatle concerts were so loud with the girls screaming that the band could not hear themselves sing!
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Thanx go to Chef Bill & Lpeters of Baseball Fever for the 3-D image. And Corbis Images.