Here’s a Friday treat: The Beatles’ 1965 concert at Shea Stadium. At the time, this was the biggest rock concert in history, with 12 cameras, a helicopter flyover, and 55,000 screaming fans. Best of all were the boys themselves, still giddy enough about their own fame that they were cracking up on stage.
You can find a full set list for the show, and don’t miss John Lennon’s terrific work on “Ticket to Ride,” starting at minute 10:45. Just the day before, the band appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the fourth and final time, and we have the performance here in HD. Watched together, the two videos give a nice sense of how exhilarating Beatlemania must have been.
The full Beatles at Shea documentary (68 minutes) can be watched over at Veoh.com.
Sheerly Avni is a San Francisco-based arts and culture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, and many other publications. You can follow her on twitter at @sheerly