August 1966

Live: Olympia Stadium, Detroit

The second date of The Beatles’ final North American tour saw them perform two shows, at 2pm and 7pm, before a total of 28,000 fans at Detroit’s Olympia Stadium. They had previously performed at the venue on 6 September 1964.

Press conference: Astor Tower Hotel, Chicago

The day after their arrival in America for their final US tour, The Beatles held a second press conference at the Astor Tower Hotel, Chicago. Inevitably it was dominated with questions about John Lennon‘s comments that The Beatles’ were “more popular than Jesus“.

US album release: Revolver

Revolver, The Beatles’ 11th Capitol Records long player, was issued on this day, three days after its UK release on Parlophone.

Brian Epstein holds a press conference

In an attempt to defuse the controversy surrounding John Lennon‘s comments that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus“, the group’s manager Brian Epstein held a special press conference.

UK album release: Revolver

On the same day that The Beatles released their double a-side single Eleanor Rigby/Yellow Submarine, their seventh UK LP – Revolver was also issued.