The Beatles — the legendary lads from Liverpool — will always be remembered as one of the most influential bands in music history. What most people do not realize, however, is that they stopped touring in 1966.
After their February 7th arrival at JFK airport in 1964, The Beatles toured significantly all over the world, but just two years later they gave up life on the road. Few can blame them for that decision, for at many of their performances the Beatlemania-induced screams would drown out the music to the point that The Beatles would have to stop playing.
Not only that, but in 1966 John Lennon famously voiced his opinion that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus. With an unfathomable reaction from fans all over the globe, the security needed at a Beatles concert increased exponentially.
According to Tony Barrow, when The Beatles played Dodger Stadium about 48 years ago, they arrived in armored cars and almost could not leave the arena due to the insane behavior of the crowd. Many people shrug off the detailed accounts of the earlier years of The Beatles’ time here in America, but their reputation does not go undeserved. Never had a band experienced such an incredible fandom as they did.
Sir Paul McCartney will return to Dodger Stadium here in the City of Angels on August 10th, which could not be a more fitting way to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles iconic arrival to America. In the below video, 72-year-old Sir Paul invites everyone to come see him play on August 10th.
As a community of music lovers, we need to welcome the Walrus back with open arms, smiling faces, and a good pair of lungs. My only hope is that after August 10th, a few people will be able to say that they saw Paul McCartney play at the Dodger Stadium twice in their lifetime.
Paul McCartney Tour Dates:
08/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium
08/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
08/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Candlestick Park
09/28 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
10/02 – Lubbock, TX @ United Spirit Arena
10/11 – New Orleans, LA @ The Smoothie King Center
10/13 – Dallas, TX @ America Airlines Center
10/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
10/16 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
10/25 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
10/28 – Louisville, KY @ Yum! Center
10/30 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
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