After having sold out all the dates thus far on their US tour, The Beatles only managed to sell 7,000 tickets for their only concert at the spectacular Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver, Colorado, leaving 2,000 tickets unsold.
There had been death threats. I remember going to one of their concerts at the Red Rock Stadium in Denver where Brian and I climbed up on a gantry overlooking the stage, and we looked down at the boys below during the performance; and the amphitheatre is such that you could have a sniper on the hill who could pick off any of the fellows at any time – no problem. I was very aware of this, and so was Brian, and so were the boys.
Prior to the concert The Beatles stayed at the Brown Palace Hotel. They took to the stage at 9.30pm; during the show they frequently felt out of breath due to the thin air in Denver, so oxygen canisters were placed on the stage for them to use.
Despite the unsold tickets, with this show The Beatles set a box office record for the open-air stadium. The event was the earliest notable rock ‘n’ roll performance at the venue.
The Beatles performed their standard 12-song set which they retained for most of the tour: 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.
On 26 August 2004 the Beatles tribute band 1964 re-enacted the concert, precisely 40 years after it first took place. Ticket sales are unknown.
Also on this day...
- 1969: George Harrison meets Bob Dylan in Portsmouth
- 1968: Tape copying: Revolution 9
- 1968: US single release: Hey Jude
- 1967: The Beatles renounce the use of drugs
- 1966: Day off in Los Angeles
- 1963: Live: Odeon Cinema, Southport
- 1963: Paul McCartney receives one-year driving ban
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Aintree Institute, Liverpool
- 1960: Live: Indra Club, Hamburg
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