It was 40 years ago today, The Beatles released “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” the concept album that changed forever how artists approach making records.
Pepper was also the first studio album The Beatles made after retiring from live performance. Their last gig ever (at least until the fabled 1969 rooftop appearance) was at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in August, 1966.
Just as Sgt. Pepper re-invented the idea of making an LP, The Beatles had transformed live concerts when they performed at Shea Stadium in 1965 and 1966. The band proved that an act could sell out a sports stadium…and make a ton of money doing it.
So to honor Pepper and the great rock and roll icon Shea Stadium, lets revisit highlights of the first Beatles’ Flushing visit:
Shea looks so young and vibrant in this footage. It had its whole life ahead of it. For more, check out the Shea Rocks archives of Loge13.
When Shea does come down, they should take it piece by piece to Cleveland and rebuild it as the home to the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME.
Is there another building that can boast such a history as Shea? In case you forget what Shea Stadium means to the cultural history of New York…yea even the world… visit SHEA STADIUM: NATIONAL TREASURE for a recap.
Then go buy yourself an original Beatles at Shea concert poster. It’s a bargain at $100K.
But wait there’s more.
Was Sgt. Pepper’s Billy Shears really William Shea in disguise? Forget Paul is dead: this is the real Beatles conspiracy no one ever discusses. But think about it: The Beatles play Shea, then retire from performing and introduce us on their next album to BILLY SHEArs who Gets By With A Little Help From His Friends. Namely John (Lindsey) George (Weiss) and Casey.
Don’t believe Loge13? We just played “Lucy in the sky with diamonds” backwards. This is what we heard…