Live: Boston Garden, Boston

The Beatles played just once concert on this night, before 13,909 fans. It was their only visit to the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

The venue opened in November 1928, and was originally named the Boston Madison Square Garden. It was located at North Station on Causeway Street, and hosted ice hockey and basketball games, as well as concerts, boxing, wrestling, circuses and other events. It closed in 1997, and was succeeded by the FleetCenter, later known as TD Garden.

The other acts on the bill on this night were, in order of appearance, The Bill Black Combo, The Exciters, Clarence 'Frogman' Henry, and Jackie DeShannon.

The Beatles performed their standard 12-song set: 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 Beatles returned to Boston on just one other occasion, playing at Suffolk Downs Racetrack during their final tour on 18 August 1966.

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7 responses on “Live: Boston Garden, Boston

  1. Brian Tourville

    I attended this Concert – stood in front of John Lennon the entire time:)

    There is a Photo of this Concert that made Front Page on some Boston News Paper .. which may not be in Business anymore –

    Any help locating Front Page Photos of This Concert .. Appreciated!!

  2. betsey

    I was at the concert too! As one is standing right in front of the stage…I was in the left front row. Great story just how we (with 4 friends) ever got to sit in the front row! Great time! Great memories! I have two different pictures of the Beatles singing…a little blurry, but very cool! Right after the Beatles left the stage (at the end of the concert)I ran up to the stage and managed to get a Boston Policeman to reach up onto the stage and grab a “Beatles” hat right off the stage for me! Whether it was one of their hats, I will never know. I thought it was John’s cap… but not sure of that. I was in my senior year of High School and I will never forget that night!!!

  3. Leo T. Baldwin

    I was 11 at the time and I had to fight to go. My oldest sister promised to protect me. As it turned out another of my sisters punched me in my eye–she was charging into the crowd as someone yelled “there they are!” Not so.

    We got into the show thanks to my Boston Police detective busting a scalper (12 hot tickets), and this lead to a phone call to our house–“anyone want to go to the Beatles?” That’s when the madness started. AWESOME.

  4. Pamela

    I too remember that wonderful day! I was in the balcony with my best friend Patti. We won the tickets on radio station WORC and I will never forget the experience!

  5. glenn weymouth

    I was six years old, my brother was eight, my mom and dad where way cool!!!! sat up in the heavens, the only thing I remember is hearing the first 3 or 4 chords….then the screaming….the loudest thing ive ever been to!!!!

  6. Raylene

    I was 13 years old when I saw the Beatles at Boston Garden on September 12, 1964. My mother had been given 4 free tickets the night before so my 11 year old brother and a friend and me along with my mother went. The memories of that night have lasted a lifetime. We were in row 7, center stage in front of George. I still have my ticket stub with paper confetti that was set off at the end of the show. The next day I realized that those 4 free tickets were also passes to the press conference that we missed. The Boston Globe ran a front page article and photo of the audience and because I had to stand on a chair to see above the crowd I was in the picture. I saw them again on August 18, 1966 at Suffolk Downs which was also a great experience but lacked some of the excitement of the previous show.

  7. Jerry

    Three High school buddies and I bought 4 bogus tickets from a scalper on Causeway St. We paid $8 ea. and even had a cop verify their authenticity. He said they looked legit. We didn’t know they were fake tickets until the people in our seats showed us their ticket Stubbs. It really didn’t matter, when the Beatles took the stage it was pure mayhem! Nobody stayed at their seats anyway.

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