The Beatles: Live at Shea Stadium, 1965

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

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

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