Live: International Amphitheatre, Chicago

The Beatles began their 14-date final tour with two concerts at Chicago's International Amphitheater, a venue they had previously played in September 1964.

Ticket for The Beatles in Chicago, 12 August 1966

They played at 3pm and 7.30pm; each show was seen by 13,000 people. Support acts for the entire tour were The Remains, Bobby Hebb, The Cyrkle and The Ronettes.

The Beatles' standard set throughout the tour consisted of 11 songs: Rock And Roll Music, She's A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Day Tripper, Baby's In Black, I Feel Fine, Yesterday, I Wanna Be Your Man, Nowhere Man, Paperback Writer and I'm Down. During the tour they occasionally substituted the final song with Long Tall Sally.

The International Amphitheatre stood at 42nd Street and South Halsted. It became unable to attract enough large events during the 1970s and 1980s and suffered a decline. The venue was demolished in August 1999.

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10 responses on “Live: International Amphitheatre, Chicago

  1. susan

    I was at the 1966 Beatle concert at Chicago’s International Ampitheatre. Although I was thrilled to be there, there was so much screaming you couldn’t hear the band sing. They could have been playing Mary Had a Little Lamb, and no one would have known the difference. Thank God for radio, and Ed Sullivan! Since sound equipment has gotten so much better, that would never happen today!

    1. Carol

      I was there too, but for some reason, thought it was in 1965. Saw the 7:30 show and got an autograph from the lead singer of The Cyrcle. A ticket for the show cost $5.50. Will never forget it

  2. Debbie

    August 12,1966 was my 13th birthday and this was just a FABULOUS way to enter my “teens.” I screamed, I cried, and had the best time ever!
    It is a memory that I will NEVER forget. I can still see the Beatles on the was incredible.
    I am now 58 years old, still love The Beatles, see Paul McCartney any chance that I can..he is just AWESOME!
    I am so happy that I can now tell my 18 month old twin grand-girlies about The Beatles…they say “Yeah Yeah Yeah!.”
    Life is good šŸ˜‰

    1. Sonia Medina

      I was there too!!! It was a dream come true for me since I had just come to the US from Colombia in 1965 when I was 16 years old, at the time of the concert I was 17. I am now almost 66 years old and will never forget that wonderful experience it was just like I had seen on TV!!! LOTS of screaming!!! My favorite…RINGO??

  3. Beatle Bob

    Attended this concert out of Mpls/St Paul via a promotion sponsored by top 40 station KDWB in conjunction with Burlington RR. Billed as the “Bobby Wayne Swing Train” the first 50 to call in were sent to Chicago on the fast Morning Zephyr train. I was one of 5 guys and 45 crazed Beatle girls and DJ Bobby Wayne and the RR senior psgr agent as chaperones. The excitement and anticipation aboard was electric. Beatlemania at its finest. Even the regular passengers sensed they were part of something big. Coming into the Chicago area,one of the girls tuned in a transistor radio to WLS I think,and the whole city was abuzz. All this for 29.95.(the round trip train fare Mpls-Chicago was 22.00 then). So for the balance of 7.95,we got dinner nearby and the concert. Try that today! To top it off,a wireservice reporter took a picture of the group at the concert and to our surprise was on the front page of a section in the Mpls paper next day Aug 13 “twin cites teens in Chicago see Beatles.” A great memory of 49 years ago of the best rock act ever. 50 years ago coming up Aug 21 1965 also was fortunate enough for 5.50 to see them at Twins Metropolitan Stadium In Minnesota.
    P.S fast forward to 2013 Branson MO. You can, and I did meet George Harrison’s real sister Louise Harrison at the excellent Liverpool Legends show that she put together in Branson. Check it out if you can.She is there and will sign memorabilia.

  4. dahonu


    I was at evening show. 5th row just off center to Johns side. I can see it like yesterday. I found that if I cupped my ears with my hands, I could hear the music. Somewhat. Maybe because I was so close and all the screaming was behind me. I have pictures that I found they the internet that show from behind The Beatles playing and you can see me in the fifth row. Still have the ticket stub of course. D

  5. Jonas Svensson, Gƶteborg

    I donĀ“t think that IĀ“m down was performed at all in the US in 1966. There are a few film clips, and -if the corresponding sound is authentic- we can hear bits of Long tall Sally in Chicago and Cleveland. And there are audio tapes from Toronto, Boston, Memphis (both shows), St.Louis and San Francisco which all include Long tall Sally. I am not sure whether it can be heard in the background during “Beatles fans at Shea” though, havenĀ“t heard it for a long time.
    Also, there are is no trace of any organ on stage, that would have been used for IĀ“m down, in any of the photos from that tour that I have seen. So may I humbly suggest that either evidence suggesting IĀ“m down ever being used is brought forward, or the set list is adjusted accordingly throughout the 1966 US tour dates. Thanks.

  6. Glenn Christensen

    My cousin and i went to the evening show. We were lucky because i sent in for tickets fairly late but we got seats in the first few rows in the balcony on John’s side very close to the band, as opposed to being in the back on the main floor.
    We could see them and most importantly, hear them very well.

    I wouldn’t have known it at the time but now I look back on the show as one of my life’s highlights.

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