This Historic Day In Music: The Last Hard Day’s Night

The Day: Monday, August 29, 1966

The Location: San Francisco, California, USA

The Venue: Candlestick Park (Opened: 1960, Demolished: 2015)

The Event: A Beatles’ Concert



The Significance: The Beatles’ Final Public Performance 

Members of The Beatles:

  • George Harrison – Guitar & Vocals
  • John Lennon – Guitar & Vocals
  • Paul McCartney – Bass Guitar & Vocals
  • Ringo Starr – Drums & Vocals

The Beatles’ Road Crew: Mal Evans

Concert Promotion: Tempo Productions

Poster Design: Wes Wilson

Concert Sound: McCone Audio-Visual; Mort Feld, sound mixer.

Number of Microphones Used On Stage: Five (for vocals only)

Official Photographer: Jim Marshall (Coined the phrase: “The Last Hard Day’s Night.”)

Catering: Simpson’s Catering

Special Guests: Joan Baez & Mimi Fariña

Opening Acts (In order of appearance):

  • The Remains
  • Bobby Hebb (accompanied by The Remains)
  • The Cyrkle
  • The Ronettes – with Elaine Mayes filling in for Ronnie Spector (accompanied by The Remains)

Master of Ceremonies: Gene Nelson, disc jockey at KYA 1260 AM.

Ticket Prices: $4.50, $5.50, $6.50.

Number of tickets available: ~30,000

Number of tickets sold: 25,000

The Beatles’ Take: $84,500

Weather: Partly cloudy; Temperature: 50-58º F; Gusty winds: 10-20 mph.

Gates Open: 6:30 pm

Concert Start Time: 8:00 pm

Time of The Beatles’ Performance: 9:27 – 10:00 pm

Set List (All songs by John Lennon & Paul McCartney, unless otherwise noted):

  • “Rock & Roll Music” (Chuck Berry)
  • “She’s A Woman”
  • “If I Needed Someone” (George Harrison)
  • “Day Tripper”
  • “Baby’s In Black”
  • “I Feel Fine”
  • “Yesterday”
  • “I Wanna Be Your Man”
  • “Nowhere Man”
  • “Paperback Writer”
  • “Long Tall Sally” (Richard Blackwell, Enotris Johnson & Richard Penniman)

Instruments & Equipment Used By The Beatles:

George Harrison:

  • Epiphone Casino ES-230TD Electric Guitar (with Bigsby Vibrato Arm/Tailpiece and pickguard removed)
  • Rickenbacker 1965 360-12 12-String Electric Guitar (w/capo at the 7th fret)

John Lennon:

  • Epiphone Casino ES-230TD Electric Guitar

Paul McCartney:

  • Hofner 1963 500/1 “Violin” Electric Bass Guitar (with pickguard removed)

Ringo Starr:

  • Ludwig 4-Piece Drum Set (finished in Black Oyster Pearl) with a 22-inch bass drum, a 20-inch ride cymbal, 18-inch splash cymbal and 14-inch hi-hat.

Instrument Amplification:

  • American-made Vox 120-watt Solid State Super Beatle Amplifiers. (There were 7 of these amps on stage and they were used by all of the groups in the show.)

Concert Recording: Done by Tony Barrow, the Beatles’ press officer, on a portable cassette tape recorder with a hand held microphone; at the request of Paul McCartney.

And here it is!


Immediate Post-Concert Transportation for The Beatles: an Armored Vehicle from the Loomis Armored Car Service with an escort of eleven San Francisco Motorcycle Police Officers.

A Review: Under the headline, Beatles Strike Out At The Ballpark, Philip Elwood wrote in the San Francisco Examiner:

“The whole evening’s production was an expensive and thoroughly synchronized bit of highly commercial machinery. Each of the preliminary throw-away acts did their stint to indifferent crowd response, and soaked up the minutes until The Beatles appeared. Then came the screams…”

Sources of Information:

  • Tomorrow Never Knows: The Beatles’ Last Concert by Eric Lefcowitz, with photos by Jim Marshall. Published in 1987 by Terra Firma Books.
  • Beatles Gear: All The Fab Four’s Instruments, From Stage To Studio by Andy Babiuk. Published in 2001 by Backbeat Books.
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5 Responses to This Historic Day In Music: The Last Hard Day’s Night

  1. introgroove says:

    33 minute concert, lol.

  2. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I love that guitar tone on Day Tripper…pure overdrive.

  3. Thank you for posting! My Dad, Mort Feld on the live mix that day. If anyone has images of the soundboard PLEASE reach out
    Thank you!

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