August 15, 1965. What is significant about this date? It’s a date that would forever change the experience known as the Rock Show. It’s a date the rock & roll phenomenon known as Beatlemania reached its peak in the U.S. It’s a date they packed over 55,000 screaming fans into the first ever concert to be held at a major outdoor stadium in the U.S. It is the date The Beatles played New York’s Shea Stadium!
The sound of screaming and crying fans were by the bands own account “deafening” and they hadn’t even started playing yet. With a decibel level that could easily top anything coming out of La Guardia, the boys began their set, and it only got louder, to the point where none of The Beatles could hear anything, not even themselves or each other. The fact that they were even able to complete their set (however short it might have been) is testimony to the chemistry, the musicianship, and the magic they had together, once upon a time.
I never got the opportunity to see The Beatles live, but despite the noise, the lack of a close-up view, the short set and every other negative you could possibly think of, this was one Rock Show I would have paid dearly to be able to say “I was there!”
Twist And Shout
She’s A Woman
I Feel Fine
Dizzy Miss Lizzy
Ticket To Ride
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby
Can’t Buy Me Love
Baby’s In Black
I Wanna Be Your Man
A Hard Day’s Night
All eras of the Beatles’ music are thoroughly covered on “Rock Show” by Mood.
– Submitted by Bill Spencer, Music Design