February 9th always gets a lot of chatter about the first Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show back in 1964. There is another Beatles anniversary that happened 54 years ago on today's date of February 11th in 1964 and that’s when The Beatles played their very first concert here in the good old U.S.A! The concert took place at Washington Coliseum, a sports arena in Washington, D.C. Eight thousand fans were in attendance and below I have six online related links to that concert. A splendid time is guaranteed for all! And then there’s the MBIP Coming Attractions for a sneaky-peeky at what’s coming up here on the blog next week!
The Beatles’ first U.S. concert: An oral history of the day the Fab Four conquered D.C.- This is an interesting oral history and one of the contributors is Al Gore who was sixteen-years-old at the time and went to the concert!
The Beatles Bible—Live: Washington Coliseum, Washington, DC - George and John are quoted in this article and they didn’t appear to enjoy this beginning of what would be over two years on various tours around the world.
The Beatles Setlist - It was a quick concert, they played a dozen tunes and four of them were cover songs.
When The Beatles Played Their First U.S. Concert - This article reveals that tickets went for between two to four dollars which translates to fifteen to thirty dollars today. Pretty cheap to see the Fabulous Four back then!
Feb. 11 1964, the Beatles' first concert in the United States - There’s some cool mementoes in this article including an original ticket stub.
By the Candlestick concert, the Beatles detested touring - I thought just to mix things up a little, it would be fun to share an article about their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. This concert was on August 29, 1966 and by this time The Beatles were fed up with being on tour and they only played live one more time in front of a crowd after this show and that was on the roof of Apple Headquarters on January 30, 1969.
I don’t know if you’ve heard the news, but Tony and Deb, who have owned and operated Khaki Jack’s here in Peoria since 1995 are in the process of selling the place! The changing of the guard should happen in a week or so, so last night I went and had my last Saturday night supper with Tony as the owner. Some special guests showed up and you can see all of this tomorrow! Tuesday we continue the seven month steak tour and I went with my Dad to a legendary Peoria steak house, tune in then to find out which one gets featured this week. Spring is just around the corner and so it’s time to get rid of my winter beard, so I’m going back to Cullen’s Classic Barber Shop for another close shave there! Thursday will be the fourteenth random Peorian for the People of Peoria series and Friday is another Fast Food Friday episode. I haven’t been to a Wendy’s since the ‘80’s, so I think that’s week fast food destination. Saturday I’ve got yet another tasteless and somewhat crude Saturday cartoon, this one stars the Family Circus and it’s going to be the first cartoon in this series with nudity in it, so you don’t want to miss that one! Okay, I have to go start working on all of this stuff, so have a groovy and gravy Sunday and we’ll see you tomorrow!
I’ve been doing a weekly MBIP feature on the radio show The Church Of Rock which is broadcast live, worldwide out of Oregon on Sunday nights. Every week I pick a song and give a little talk about it before the song is played on the show. The hosts of the show are Rev. Derek Moody (some of you know him as Bloody Mess) and Sister Tracy. It’s a lot of fun and tonight we’re talking about Paul Revere and the Raiders, which were my first rock ‘n roll concert! The show starts at 9PM CST and my segment will air around 9:15PM. Also on the show after my segment tonight is a live interview with Richard Lloyd, legendary guitarist and one of the founders of the band, Television. Be there or be L7! You can listen by streaming from the KSKQ website right here!