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”
- “I Wanna Be Your Man”
- “Nowhere Man”
- “Paperback Writer”
- “Long Tall Sally” (Richard Blackwell, Enotris Johnson & Richard Penniman)
Instruments & Equipment Used By The Beatles:
- 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)
- Epiphone Casino ES-230TD Electric Guitar
- Hofner 1963 500/1 “Violin” Electric Bass Guitar (with pickguard removed)
- 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.
- 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.