The Moment The Beatles Entered Shea Stadium 1965 – Feel The Energy
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The Height of Beatlemania
The Beatles made history when they played Shea Stadium in New York City on August 15, 1965 and performed in front of 56,000 screaming fans. Over the years, it has remained as one of the most famous shows of all time. It was a record-breaking gig and a highlight of The Beatles’ career. At the time, the band members were no strangers to performing to thousands of teenage girls and young ladies but even they were shocked at the amount of people who showed up.
2,000 security personnel were hired to help control the crowd.
Apparently, The Fab Four couldn’t hear themselves because of the noise. They were also supposed to land on the field via a helicopter but weren’t permitted to do so by the New York City authorities.
Ringo Starr recalled, “Now we were playing stadiums! There were all those people and just a tiny PA system – they couldn’t get a bigger one. We always used to use the house PA. That was good enough for us, even at Shea Stadium. I never felt people came to hear our show – I felt they came to see us. From the count-in on the first number, the volume of screams drowned everything else out.”
The Beatles pocketed around $160,000 that night.