Live: DC Stadium, Washington, DC

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.

The Beatles at a press conference in Washington, DC, 15 August 1966

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.

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14 responses on “Live: DC Stadium, Washington, DC

  1. Rae Graves

    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.

  2. Wayne Wright

    I was there to see the BEATLES I was 10 years old and tagged along with my older brother and his girl friend. It was a life time memory all for 3 dollars and 50 cents.George was on our side and I recall someone getting by the cops and he ran up on stage and touched John,Paul and George. I still have the ticket stub !

    1. DOUG

      Wayne, I was also there, and recall that incident. However, as I remember it, the guy punched Ringo Starr and knocked him off his seat at the drums. Metro DC police arrested him. The Beatles left the concert in a limo that was hidden beneath the stage which was near the pitcher’s mound.

  3. Teresa C.

    I was there too..I was 15 yrs old and had won the trip to see them along with about 30 other kids on a local radio station. I remember we had pretty good seats…right at first base if i recall, but, I couldn’t hear anything for the screaming. I remember thinking how dumb all those girls were. I was there to hear as well as see them…but, I did get to ‘see’ of the girls had binoculars so that made it a little better to be able to see him up close even if I couldn’t hear a thing! I wish I had been able to afford a program, I would have loved to have that souvenier.


    I was there too, as a guest of my on-off again high school sweetheart. What I most remember is the opening act The Cyrcle (Red Rubber Ball), the lousy sound system and the Beatles appearing in their grey tunic band uniforms. The screaming was way too loud to hear their music but I still had a good time being a witness to a performance by revolutionary group in pop music.

    1. pk

      pk – do you remember the guy who ran up on the stage and touched all four of them on the head. As I recall they were singing I wanna be your man. An army of police consumed this guy and the Beatles hardly missed a beat.

  5. Francie

    I was at this concert, too! I was 15 and so thrilled that I could buy a ticket for myself and my older brother, who “chaperoned” me. We were sitting right behind the dugout that the Beatles came out of, in the second row, and when Paul came out, turned around, and waved to the crowd…….I about fell out of my seat! I remember the Ronettes. I kept thinking there was a comedian, but evidently that memory came from somewhere else! 🙂

  6. Brian

    I believe the guy who jumped on stage tried to touch Paul, George, and John but only got to George as Paul and John got out of the way. He didn’t punch Ringo. The stage was on top of second base and the limo was parked behind the stage. Never forget the night. We sat in the Mezznine on third base side.

  7. Sharon raupach

    I was there and 17 yes old. Sat behind home plate. The lady next to me had flown in to see them from Spain. Hard to hear anything, but a wonderful memory.

    1. Richard T. Harris

      We had front row tickets for, I think, $3.75. The guy who ran on stage was with us. His name is Gerry Canning, and he was the drummer in our little garage group.

  8. K. Currie

    I was there also. I was only 8 years old at the time. I and my two older sisters talked our parents into taking us as our family vacation. We traveled from North Carolina to see them. I still have my ticket stub. It cost $5 dollars…$25 for my entire family. We were pretty much “in the rafters” of the stadium and could only hear an occasional note that would make it through the constant screaming.

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