Live: Crosley Field, Cincinnati

The Beatles were to have performed at Cincinnati's Crosley Field on the previous day, Saturday 20 August 1966. However, heavy rain and the risk of electrocution led to their performance being postponed until noon on this day.

The Beatles live in Cincinnati, 21 August 1966

The support acts on The Beatles' final tour, The Remains, Bobby Hebb, The Cyrkle and The Ronettes, had all performed the day before, prior to the downpour beginning. The Beatles were the only act to play on this day, after which they flew 341 miles to St Louis, Missouri to perform an evening concert.

We had to get up early and get on and play the concert at midday, then take all the gear apart and go to the airport, fly to St Louis, set up and play the gig originally planned for that day. In those days all we had were three amps, three guitars, and a set of drums. Imagine trying to do it now!
George Harrison
Anthology

The Beatles' standard set during their final 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 group had performed in Cincinnati on one other occasion, on 27 August 1964.

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13 responses on “Live: Crosley Field, Cincinnati

  1. Jodi Garrison

    We came down the first night and got rained out. But the loyal fans we are we were back the next day. Awesome, memories that we still talk about today!

  2. Jonas

    To this day, I have not found any evidence of ‘I´m down’ being played at any of the US shows in 1966. It´s not on any of the recordings I have found, or mentioned in concert reviews. All shows I have heard has ‘Long tall Sally’ as the last number. Can anybody say for sure whether it was played on that tour?

  3. Colleen C

    I was there, too. Does anyone remember The Remains playing? I don’t, although I remember Bobby Hebb and the Cyrkle. If the Remains performed, what song/s did they play?

  4. Gary A.

    I was there! But being only 11 at the time didn’t get to see much. The opening bands played the day before. We bought tickets that Sunday and saw them. It was awesome!

  5. RB Brown

    My cousin and I attended the 1966 Cincinnati concert, (Saturday and Sunday). Now, nearly 49 years later, my wife and I are going to see Paul McCartney on June 25 in Columbia, SC. 1966 ticket price…$5.50. 2015 ticket price…$252.00. McCartney is 72, I’m 60, I hope we both make it to June 25.

  6. John McCann

    I went to Crosley Field on Saturday August 20th. The Remains and the Rosettes did not perform. On Sunday, August 21st Bobby Hebb started off the concert saying something like “I’d like to perform the song that made this day possible.” And performed “Sunny,” his biggest hit. He was followed by The Cyrkle, who started their set by playing the opening bars of “Red Rubber Ball,” then fooling all of us by segueing into “Louie Louie.” Then, of course The Beatles appeared, walking out to the stage (placed on, or around Second Base) from the dugout on the right field side of Crosley Field, waving to the crowd as they walked. John, Paul and George had their guitars strapped on, ready to play. Then, around 20 minutes later, it was over. I don’t remember how The Beatles departed – after their set, they simply disappeared. The rumor is that they took the Cincinnati Subway. (Local joke – Cincinnati actually built a subway system, but never utilized it. Those are my memories from 50 years ago.

  7. Susan

    My parents drove my sister and myself to Cincy from Morehead, Ky., and planned to drive on back after Saturday’s concert. We couldn’t find a motel room anywhere close so the four of us spent the night in Union Station. We had no change of clothes and had to buy toothbrushes from vending machines in the train station. I only remember the Cyrkle and Bobby Hebb performing. Did anyone else notice that on this 50th anniversary the days of the week are the same? Saturday is the 20th, the date of the original concert.

  8. Deborah Hand

    I was there at 14, one of the best days of my life. So thankfull they decided to come back the next day on Sunday. I remember it was terribly hot and humid, I felt so sorry for the Beatles especially Paul, he looked like he wasn’t feeling well. I had to use binoculars to see them and couldn’t really hear them but it’s a wonderfull memory, and I get to tell other generations that I got to see The Beatles live in concert, so special.

  9. Pete Furnier

    Confusion! I recall sitting in a seat on a rainy day and listening to the Cyrkle perform. I don’t recall any other performers. And then I heard an announcement that the concert was cancelled because of lightning, but for the life of me, I don’t believe I saw the Beatles perform on the next day. It was over a month later. I remember a girl from another town sitting next to me commented at the rescheduled event that my hair had grown so long since she saw me when the concert had been postponed.

    So does anyone else disagree with the concert being scheduled at another time instead of the next day?

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