Live: Olympia Stadium, Detroit

The second date of The Beatles' final North American tour saw them perform two shows, at 2pm and 7pm, before a total of 28,000 fans at Detroit's Olympia Stadium. They had previously performed at the venue on 6 September 1964.

Ticket for The Beatles in Detroit, 13 August 1966

The Beatles arrived in Detroit at 11am, and left by Greyhound bus immediately after their second show. Their destination was Cleveland, Ohio, where they arrived at 2.30am the following morning.

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.

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11 responses on “Live: Olympia Stadium, Detroit

    1. Diana

      I was there, too…age 15. Ground floor center-stood on the top back of the seat to see-lots of screaming going on…everyone saying “SHHHH!” while Paul tried to sing “Yesterday”, acoustically.

  1. Susan C.

    I was also there with several girls from my high school. It was the concert of a life time for us. I still have my balcony ticket stub. The price on it was $4.50!

  2. carltonshank

    I never saw them in person only because I was not alive but I have seen video of the 2 shows at Olympia stadium and paul did do yesterday acoustic at one of them

    1. Nancy Brockwell

      Did you find anyone to buy your ticket? I looked them up on ebay and 15 is about top price. If you are willing to sell it for that…I’ll take it. I can pay with card or money order…or depending on where you are…I could pick it up with cash. Let me know…thanks

  3. Michele Rice

    I was lucky to meet George, Paul, Brian Epstein and Cleveland disc jockey Gerry G on the Ohio Turnpike Vermilion Plaza late that night as they stopped for a cigarette break on their way to Cleveland. I stepped away from Paul so I could get George’s autograph (he was my fave) and my mom noticed I had disappeared. “Where’s Michele?” she asked Paul turned his head to look for me. As I approached them, he sang a few lines of “Michelle” to me and put his hand on my shoulder and told me “You’ve got to calm down, you just must.” Then they loaded up the bus, where John and Ringo were sleeping, and took off as we headed home.

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