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The Beatles live: Empire Stadium, Vancouver, Canada

The Beatles’ first Canadian concert took place in front of 20,261 fans at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver.

The show began at 8.15pm and The Beatles took to the stage at 9.25pm. The support acts were, in order of appearance, The Bill Black Combo, the Exciters, The Righteous Brothers, and Jackie DeShannon.

Poster for The Beatles live in Vancouver, Canada, 22 August 1964

The Beatles performed an 11-song set, for some reason choosing not to play ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’. They sang ‘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’, ‘Boys’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, and ‘Long Tall Sally’.

The group’s performance was broadcast live by local radio station CKNW. After their performance they ran from the stage to their waiting limousine and were driven from the stadium, accompanied by motorcycle outriders, less than a minute after they stopped playing.

The Beatles were taken straight to Vancouver International Airport, from where they flew straight to Los Angeles. They arrived in the city at 3.55am.

Last updated: 24 January 2024
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