Live: International Amphitheatre, Chicago

The Beatles began their 14-date final tour with a concert at Chicago's International Amphitheater, a venue they had previously played in September 1964.

They played two shows, at 3pm and 7.30pm, each of which was seen by 13,000 people. Support acts for the entire tour were The Remains, Bobby Hebb, The Cyrkle and The Ronettes.

The Beatles' standard set throughout the tour consisted of 11 songs: Rock And Roll Music, She's A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Day Tripper, Baby's In Black, I Feel Fine, Yesterday, I Wanna Be Your Man, Nowhere Man, Paperback Writer and I'm Down. During the tour they occasionally substituted the final song with Long Tall Sally.

The International Amphitheatre stood at 42nd Street and South Halsted. It became unable to attract enough large events during the 1970s and 1980s and suffered a decline. The venue was demolished in August 1999.

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6 responses on “Live: International Amphitheatre, Chicago

  1. susan

    I was at the 1966 Beatle concert at Chicago’s International Ampitheatre. Although I was thrilled to be there, there was so much screaming you couldn’t hear the band sing. They could have been playing Mary Had a Little Lamb, and no one would have known the difference. Thank God for radio, and Ed Sullivan! Since sound equipment has gotten so much better, that would never happen today!

    1. Carol

      I was there too, but for some reason, thought it was in 1965. Saw the 7:30 show and got an autograph from the lead singer of The Cyrcle. A ticket for the show cost $5.50. Will never forget it

  2. Debbie

    August 12,1966 was my 13th birthday and this was just a FABULOUS way to enter my “teens.” I screamed, I cried, and had the best time ever!
    It is a memory that I will NEVER forget. I can still see the Beatles on the was incredible.
    I am now 58 years old, still love The Beatles, see Paul McCartney any chance that I can..he is just AWESOME!
    I am so happy that I can now tell my 18 month old twin grand-girlies about The Beatles…they say “Yeah Yeah Yeah!.”
    Life is good ;)

    1. Sonia Medina

      I was there too!!! It was a dream come true for me since I had just come to the US from Colombia in 1965 when I was 16 years old, at the time of the concert I was 17. I am now almost 66 years old and will never forget that wonderful experience it was just like I had seen on TV!!! LOTS of screaming!!! My favorite…RINGO??

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