Beatles Invade D.C.! Anniversary of First U.S. Concert

In a day when concerts are easily two hours, sometimes three, the Beatles first U.S. tour was comprised of shows lasting barely over the length of a Dick Van Dyke episode.

Two days after their historic performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles performed their first U.S. concert at the Washington Coliseum. This uber-historic event happened this week in ’64, and lasted 35 minutes.

But before they played, they played…

in the snow.

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13th February 1964: The Beatles soon after their arrival in Washington, USA, playing in the snow outside the Coliseum where they were scheduled to perform before a sell-out audience. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Cheap seats were the price of most drinks at today’s Starbucks: $2 – $4. Over 8,000 fans packed into the venue by the time the band took the stage to perform “Roll Over Beethoven.”

Concerts were banned at the facility after a riot broke out during a performance by The Temptations a few years later, and today, the Coliseum is gone, replaced by an indoor parking lot.

The Beatles played 12 songs. Here’s the actual, handwritten setlist left on stage after the show:

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A close-up of a copy of the set list from the Beatles’ first concert in the United States, performed at the old Washington Coliseum on February 11, 1964 is viewed from the scrapbook of Beatles fan, Naomi Banks on January 23, 2014 in Washington,DC. The titles of the 12 songs were written on stationery from the Shoreham Hotel, where the Fab Four stayed in the US capital, and may possibly be in the handwriting of John Lennon. AFP PHOTO/ Robert MacPherson

We’ll be featuring a setlist song at the bottom of each hour for KLUV’s Beatles Wednesday.

‘Cause that’s how we roll… !




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