The Beatles made their historic appearance at Shea Stadium 42 years ago this week, on August 15th, 1965.
This was the first stadium concert in history and the show set all kinds of records. 55,600 fans attended and The Beatles' share of the $304,000 box-office takings was also a record - $160,000.
Here’s some more color commentary, courtesy of Paul fan-site, maccafan.net:
This concert had to be popularized through the media and no less than a dozen of cameramen staffs were ready to follow the Beatles' travel from their hotel to the stadium. A planned spectacular entry into the stadium by helicopter, landing on the baseball playing area, was first decided by the authorities of New York.
Instead, the group travelled both by car and by helicopter to reach the stadium. The police feared that fans would jam the tunnels in and out of Manhattan so the group was first escorted by limousine to the Manhattan East River Heliport and from there they flew over New York City to the roof of the World's Fair building in Queens. There they transferred from the helicopter to a Wells Fargo armoured van where they were each given a Wells Fargo agent badge.
As usual for those days, there was a full bill, and the 55,600 fans sat through the King Curtis Band, Cannibal and the Headhunters, Brenda Holloway, The Young Rascals and Sounds Incorporated before Ed Sullivan finally walked on stage to announce The Beatles.
The set list:
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 BeYour Man
A Hard Day's Night
Here is footage of the opening number: