Devotees of Loge13.com know that Shea Stadium was the true Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The Beatles christened the joint
- and really invented stadium rock - August 15, 1965. But some folks forget that The Beatles took the Long & Winding Road back to Shea in 1966, exactly 44 years ago Yesterday.
Unlike the previous year's gig, the August 23, 1966 show was not a sellout. According to the Beatles Bible,
over 11,000 tickets remained unsold. Was this a sign of The Beatles' waning popularity (remember this was after John's "Bigger than Jesus" comments) or were fans just apprehensive about being caught in the same teeny-bopper angst that occurred in 1965?
Even if a sellout eluded the Liverpudlians, the gig was still a success. According to Beatles Bible:"The Beatles made more money from their appearance than they had in 1965,
receiving $189,000 - 65 per cent of the gross takings of $292,000."
Fans did not come together to enjoy a long set. here is the complete play list:
Rock And Roll Music
She's A Woman
If I Needed Someone
Baby's In Black
I Feel Fine
I Wanna Be Your Man
Long Tall Sally
By this point, the band had endured a lifetime of Hard Day's Nights. The photo above of John in a Shea locker room clearly shows an artist removed from his days of cheery mop top abandonment. In fact, the 1966 Shea gig was one of the last shows The Beatles ever played in the U.S. Less than a week later, the band would perform in San Francisco, before heading to Japan. After that, the Fab Four would never tour again.
P.S. - BTW While The Beatles rocked Shea the night of August 23, 1966, The Mets rocked Wrigley Field during the day, beating Leo Durocher's Cubs 4-1. Cleon Jones hit a 2-run homer in the 7th to open up the lead for Wes Westrum's club, earning a complete game victory for Dennis Ribant.