It began with “Twist and Shout,” hit a crescendo with “Ticket to Ride,” and ended with “I’m Down.” It was the best attended concert of its kind at the time (55,600 fans) and five years after the fact, John Lennon described it as the highlight of his career, saying: “I saw the top of the mountain.”
On August 15, 1965, The Beatles performed at Shea Stadium as part of the Fab Four’s 1965 tour of the United States. Beforehand, John, Paul, George, and Ringo landed in Flushing Meadows Corona Park via helicopter from Manhattan. They then got prepared in the visiting baseball team’s locker, and took the stage to an adoring crowd at a time when screaming was becoming the norm at live shows.
On August 19, 2015, the Greater Astoria Historical Society will celebrate the concert’s 50th anniversary with a special, interactive lecture at QED Astoria. GAHS Vice President Richard Melnick, who co-wrote the book “Images of America: The East River,” and friends will wax nostalgically about the memorable night with personal testimonies, concert footage, and a special guest speaker who is currently unidentified. The event will include a Q&A session.
Details: Beatles at Shea, QEDC Astoria, 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, August 19, 7 pm, $10, reserve a spot by emailing QEDAstoria@gmail.com.
Photo by QED Astoria