The Beatles live: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles

This was The Beatles’ third and final concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, following performances on 23 August 1964 and 29 August 1965.

Poster for The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, 30 August 1965

As with the previous night’s show, tickets retailed for $3, $4, $5, $6 and $7. For the two concerts The Beatles earned $90,000 from the total gate receipts of $156,000.

The Beatles performed the same 12-song setlist as on the previous night: their 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’, ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘Help!’, and ‘I’m Down’.

The other acts on the bill were, in order of appearance, King Curtis Band, Sounds Incorporated and the Discotheque Dancers, Brenda Holloway, and Cannibal & The Headhunters.

As with the 1964 concert, the two August 1965 performances were recorded by Capitol Records. Five songs from this date – ‘Twist And Shout’, ‘She’s A Woman’, ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzy’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, and ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ – were included on the 1977 album The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl. ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzy’ was a composite edit of the 29 and 30 August performances.

The performance of ‘Baby’s In Black’ was also included on the 1996 single ‘Real Love’, preceded by John Lennon’s spoken introduction from the 29 August performance. The Hollywood Bowl recordings were also used to bulk up the sound of the film The Beatles At Shea Stadium, and were incorporated into the soundtrack on 5 January 1966.

After the concert The Beatles held a pool-side party for around a dozen reporters who had accompanied them on the North America tour. The final stop took place the following night at San Francisco’s Cow Palace.

Ticket for The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, 30 August 1965

Last updated: 24 January 2024
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