Live: White Sox Park, Chicago

The Beatles performed two shows at the White Sox Park in Chicago, at 3pm and 8pm. The first concert was seen by 25,000, and the second drew a crowd of 37.000.

They arrived at Chicago's Midway Airport at 3am, having flown from Houston, Texas. Local police, wary of the trouble caused by crowds in Houston, had refused to allow them to land at O'Hare International Airport.

The O'Hare Sahara hotel had unwisely announced that The Beatles were to stay there, causing thousands of fans to keep a vigil outside. The noise was so great that few of the guests managed to sleep that night.

Tickets for the concerts were priced at $2.50, $4.50 and $5.50. A promotion run by the drink 7-Up also offered purchasers the chance to win a pair of tickets, with 2,000 up for grabs.

The Beatles' setlist featured 12 songs: the group's short version of Twist And Shout, followed by She's A Woman, I Feel Fine, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket To Ride, Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby, Can't Buy Me Love, Baby's In Black, Act Naturally, A Hard Day's Night, Help! and I'm Down.

The Beatles were paid $155,000 for the two performances. The other acts on the bill were Brenda Holloway and the King Curtis Band, Cannibal & The Headhunters, and Sounds Incorporated.

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12 responses on “Live: White Sox Park, Chicago

  1. Rich

    The stadium was called Comiskey Park, not White Sox park. The White Sox played there until 1990. In April 1991 the new Comiskey Park opened across the street. It was later changed to US Cellular Field aka The Cell. The original park was demolished in 1991. It was a dump, but it had character.

        1. Rich

          I have to admit, I never knew that, but then again, I was born and raised on the North Side with the Cubs (although I’ve been to plenty of White Sox games in the old park). Everyone around here says “The Beatles played Comiskey Park in ’65.” That’s how it is in Chicago and always will be. As far as it technically being called White Sox Park, you got me on that. But it’ll always be Comiskey to us. (Just like the Sears Tower – I’m not calling it Willis Tower!) Thanks.

    1. Rich

      Who cares what stadium it was called? Why don’t you also say “Who cares that they even played?” Same thing. It’s history. The facts are important to get correct. That’s what this entire site is devoted to!

  2. Steve

    I was at the 3 o’clock show also. Couldn’t hear a thing. Kept looking at the girls wondering why they came –all they did was drown out the music and scream. I heard them sing “Help!” …And I don’t mean the song, just the first word. Oh well, only cost 3 or 4 bucks.

  3. John

    Is the set list for this concert correct? Did they play Act Naturally, like it says here, or I Wanna Be Your Man, which they played virtually everywhere else on this tour?

  4. Kevin

    I was there for the three o’clock show but I was only ten so don’t remember that much. I do remember hearing the beginning of “Help” and “I’m down” but the rest of those songs and every other song was lost in the screams. My two sisters my Aunt and my mother went that afternoon. We had driven up to Chicago to visit my Aunt and uncle from Glenwood , Arkansas and were surprised to find out she had bought us tickets. That was the last concert I had been to until last month when Paul McCartney appeared at Verizon arena in North Little Rock, it was awesome.

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