Live: Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, New York

The second of The Beatles’ two performances at the Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York City was seen by 16,000 fans.

Although they performed their standard live set, and outwardly they looked like the same group, a subtle yet significant shift had taken place. This was The Beatles’ first concert since Bob Dylan had turned them on to cannabis, a drug which had a significant effect on their music and lives in subsequent years.

As with the previous night’s show, all 15,983 seats were sold out, although extra ones were made available at the high price of $6.50.

The Beatles performed 12 songs: Twist And Shout, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Things We Said Today, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, If I Fell, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Boys, A Hard Day’s Night and Long Tall Sally.

The support acts were, in order of appearance, The Bill Black Combo, The Exciters, The Righteous Brothers and Jackie DeShannon.

Poster for The Beatles' concerts at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, New York, 28-29 August 1964

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8 responses on “Live: Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, New York

  1. Laura

    I was there…in the second to last row…with 5 of my friends…screamed the entire night…it was the greatest! Just saw Paul again at Citifield & Fenway Park…he still has it. He’s amazing.

  2. Ory Planos

    I could hear the concert from the bedroom window. I lived on Groton Street with my three year old son Jim, who was probably one of their biggest fans.
    I’ll never forget the crowds of people camped outside the stadium hoping to get a close look at the Beatles when they arrived. What a shame they were brought in by helicopter!

  3. lynn

    I was there with my girlfriend Elaine. My Dad brought us in along with my brother. They went to the movies while we were at the concert! An amazing night in my life! Don’t remember a lot of it, but the screaming!

  4. lawrence

    Does anyone else other than me remember that John Lennon got punched by a guy who jumped on stage? I was 12 at the time and I remember that the screaming was so loud and continueous that I never heard a single note throughout the entire concert.

  5. Rob Schwerdtfeger

    My mom (Ginny) was a food server (waitress) at the club house in ’64 when The Beatles performed. She was the only waitress permitted to wait on the boys. She said they requested plain sandwiches (tuna or cheese or such). My job was simple tasks and I was a toast maker, but because of my age, 10, my older cousin Tom Bader was the there that night to assist. My great loss. I was very fortunate to meet some of the stars at such a young and impressionable age. At least I’d had an employee’s pass and got to see the Supremes, the Four Tops and Temptations, Simon and Garfunkel, Mommas and the Poppas, the Monkees, (w/Hendrix opening act – that’s another story). Hope they can iron out the kinks and bring it back. Rob.

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