“Now, ladies and gentlemen, honoured by their country, decorated by their Queen, loved here in America, here are The Beatles!”
– Ed Sullivan
The Shea Stadium concert on 15 August was record breaking and one of the most famous concert events of its era. Over 55,000 people saw the concert. “Beatlemania” was at one of its highest marks at the Shea show. Film footage taken at the concert shows many teenagers and women crying, screaming, and even fainting. The crowd noise was such that security guards can be seen covering their ears as The Beatles enter the field.
The Beatles backstage preparing to take to the stage:
All songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, except where noted.
- “Twist and Shout” (Phil Medley, Bert Russell)
- “She’s a Woman” (not included in film)
- “I Feel Fine”
- “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” (Larry Williams)
- “Ticket to Ride”
- “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby” (Carl Perkins) (not included in film)
- “Can’t Buy Me Love”
- “Baby’s in Black”
- “Act Naturally” (Voni Morrison, Johnny Russell)
- “A Hard Day’s Night”
- “I’m Down”
The Beatles at Shea Stadium is also a documentary of The Beatles’ concert. The documentary was filmed, using fourteen cameras to capture the euphoria and mass hysteria that was Beatlemania in America in 1965. We have included the half hour Beatles segment from the one hour documentary:
The Beatles returned to Shea Stadium during their final tour, on 23 August 1966.
Sources: Wikipedia, BeatlesBible.com, thebeatles.com