The Beatles performed one concert on this day, to an audience of 12,603. Their only show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania took place at the Civic Arena, the world’s first major indoor sports stadium with a retractable roof.
The group had arrived at Greater Pittsburgh Airport in their Lockheed Electra aeroplane at 4.36pm that afternoon. They were greeted by 4,000 fans, some of whom had been waiting since 9am.
There were 120 police officers at the airport, including 15 on horseback. The Beatles were escorted from the aeroplane into a waiting limousine which drew away, flanked by police on motorcycles.
Parkway West was lined with teenage fans, waiting to see the motorcade, and 5,000 people were outside the Civic Arena as the group arrived. They gave a press conference, then ate a meal before the concert.
The support acts were, in order of appearance, The Bill Black Combo, The Exciters, Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry, and Jackie DeShannon.
The Beatles performed the 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.
Also on this day...
- 2012: Beatles painting Images Of A Woman sells for $155,250
- 2011: Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell file notice of intent to marry
- 1969: The Plastic Ono Band relax in Toronto
- 1967: Filming: Magical Mystery Tour
- 1966: George and Pattie Harrison travel to India
- 1963: Live: Memorial Hall, Northwich
- 1962: Live: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey
- 1961: Live: Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool
- 1960: Live: Indra Club, Hamburg
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