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Sep 16

The Beatles

With Bill Black's Combo, Clarence "Frogman" Henry and Jackie DeShannon at Tad Gormley Stadium

Date

Wednesday 16 September 1964 at 7:00pm

Location

Tad Gormley Stadium
New Orleans, LA, United States

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All-ages; presented/promoted by WNOE-AM. It featured a sellout crowd of approx. 27,000. The Beatles went on at about 9:30. According to http://www.walkerpub.com/radio_beatles_anguslind.html "A proclamation issued by mayor Vic Schiro making that day 'Beatles Day in New Orleans' was autographed by all four Beatles, who called him, 'Lord Mayor.'" And "Beatles historian/author Bruce Spizer said not long into the concert, several hundred female teens bolted from their seats and raced onto the field. Police and security guards had difficulty holding off the surge but finally got it under control. One guy broke though the police line, got behind the stage and was approaching Ringo Starr when he was tackled, said Holiday. 'What’s significant,' said Spizer, 'is that it was the only Beatles concert where fans ran onto the field. It had never happened before.'" And "Another significant aspect of the N.O. stop, said Spizer, was that 'the Beatles got to meet one of their idols, Fats Domino.'" And "And while the Beatles’ bed linens were cut up and distributed as souvenirs as they had been in other cities, New Orleans was the only stop that sliced up microphone cords and microphones and packaged them."

http://www.offbeat.com/2004/09/01/it-was-40-years-ago-today-frogman-henry-and-the-beatles-came-to-play/ has a huge amount of in-depth minutiae about the band's 24-hour visit.

The Beatles' setlist:
Twist and Shout
You Can’t Do That
All My Loving
She Loves You
Things We Said Today
Roll Over Beethoven
Can’t Buy Me Love
If I Fell
Boys
A Hard Days’ Night
Long Tall Sally

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