The fourth date of The Beatles’ final tour took place in Washington, DC, where they performed one concert before 32,164 people at the DC Stadium.
Prior to the concert, five members of Prince George’s County Ku Klux Klan, dressed in red, white and green robes and led by the Imperial Grand Wizard of the Maryland clan, held a parade outside the venue in protest against John Lennon’s comments that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus.
Support acts for the entire tour were The Remains, Bobby Hebb, The Cyrkle and The Ronettes. After the show The Beatles and their entourage immediately boarded their tour bus and began the journey to Philadelphia.
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 stadium was renamed in January 1969 after US Senator and presidential candidate Robert F Kennedy, who had been assassinated in Los Angeles the previous June. It subsequently became known as the Robert F Kennedy Stadium, or the RFK Stadium.
Also on this day...
- 2010: Paul McCartney live: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
- 2009: Paul McCartney live: Piedmont Park, Atlanta
- 1969: Recording: Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, The End, Something, Here Comes The Sun
- 1968: Recording, mixing: Rocky Raccoon
- 1965: The Beatles live: Shea Stadium, New York
- 1963: Live: Odeon Cinema, Llandudno
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening) – Pete Best’s final show with The Beatles
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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I was there to see The Beatles, at D.C. Stadium, Monday, August 15, 1966 and it was one of the best days of my life. I was 17. One year later, I was trying out for the Washington Senators at the same D.C. Stadium where a year before, I was amazed by the Beatles. What a memory…The Beatles, not my tryout. I was not signed.