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.
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:
We’ll be featuring a setlist song at the bottom of each hour for KLUV’s Beatles Wednesday.
‘Cause that’s how we roll… !