George Harrison & John Lennon, Philadelphia, PA, August 16, 1966

The Beatles

The Beatles
© 2009 Not Fade Away Gallery


John tunes his Epiphone Casino guitar to a note provided by George Harrison on the harmonica.

The Beatles concert on August 16th, 1966 was the first concert at the newly renamed JFK Stadium, formerly Philadelphia Municipal Stadium, but was not the largest concert ever held there. A little over 21,000 fans attended The Beatles concert (far from a sell out), compared with the 99,000 people who attended Live Aid in 1993. A number of concerts on this tour did not sell out, likely because of the controversy caused by John Lennon's comment, that was taken out of context, that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus. This would turn out to be the last tour The Beatles would undertake, deciding instead to be only a studio band for the rest of their time together as The Beatles.

Tickets for The Beatles were $3.00 for General Admission and $5.00 for reserved seats. The show was sponsored by George A Hamid, who was the owner and promoter of the world famous Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Instead of the usual press conference this day The Beatles allowed six newsmen to interview them in the dressing room before the show. Storms threatened throughout the night but held off until ten minutes after the Beatles left the stage.

The set list that night was: Rock and Roll Music, She’s A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Baby’s In Black, Day Tripper, I Feel Fine, Yesterday, I Wanna Be Your Man, Nowhere Man, Paperback Writer, I’m Down.

This photograph appears in the book "The Lost Beatles Photographs: The Bob Bonis Archive 1964-1966" published by the IT Books imprint of Harper Collins. This photograph appears in the documentary film Good Ol' Freda by Ryan White, about Freda Kelly, who was The Beatles original Secretary.

Exhibition: The Lost Beatles Photographs
Photographer: Bob Bonis
Subjects: The Beatles, - George Harrison, - John Lennon
Date: August 16, 1966
Print Type: Archival Digital C-Print
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