During their career The Beatles performed eight concerts in Italy, over four days during their European Tour in the summer of 1965. The first of these took place at the Velodromo Vigorelli in Milan.
The group performed two shows on this date, at 4.30pm and 9.30pm. The velodrome seated 22,000 people, although neither of the concerts was a sell-out: the afternoon performance was seen by 7,000, and the evening concert attracted 20,000.
The poor showing in the afternoon was blamed by Brian Epstein on the fact that many Beatles fans would have been in school or work. Local press reports suggested high ticket prices and hot weather may have also been contributory factors.
During both shows The Beatles performed 12 songs: ‘Twist And Shout’, ‘She’s A Woman’, ‘I’m A Loser’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘Baby’s In Black’, ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby’, ‘Rock And Roll Music’, ‘I Feel Fine’, ‘Ticket To Ride’ and ‘Long Tall Sally’.
Also on this day...
- 2014: Ringo Starr live at Artpark Amphitheater, Lewiston, New York
- 2010: Ringo Starr begins 2010 summer tour of US and Canada
- 1968: Paul McCartney sails to Santa Catalina Island, California
- 1968: George Harrison produces Jackie Lomax’s Sour Milk Sea
- 1967: Recording: All You Need Is Love
- 1966: Live: Circus-Krone-Bau, Munich, Germany
- 1965: John Lennon’s A Spaniard In The Works is published
- 1964: Live: Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand
- 1963: Radio: Saturday Club
- 1962: Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Recording: Ain’t She Sweet, Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby, Nobody’s Child
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