domingo, agosto 28, 2011


The Beatles' last live show

Twenty-four thousand screaming fans couldn't be wrong. But what they didn't realize on that late August evening was that the Beatles didn't want to be there, that the band couldn't hear itself enough to sing on-key, and that this would be the last Beatles concert ever."

Candlestick Park tickets

Lower Stand AdmissionPurple$ 4.50most common variation
Upper Stand ReservedGreen (dark)$ 4.50somewhat common
Upper Stand BoxTeal$ 4.50scarce
White (no color)Bleacher$ 4.50somewhat scarce
Lower Stand ReservedBrown$ 5.50scarce
Horseshoe ReservedYellow$ 6.50scarce
Lower Stand BoxOrange$ 6.50scarce
Upper Stand BoxBlue (royal)$ 6.50very scarce

Listed and pictured above are all 8 known color variations of tickets from the Beatles' last live concert in America. Due to low print quality, fading and aging of many tickets, there are shade "variations" of the above colors. Unused Candlestick tickets are very common, as several hundred were turned up via the original promoters in the early 1990s. However, any of the three different $6.50 variations are very scarce and rarely turn up. There also is a unique promotional variation with a special punch hole. The company which printed the Candlestick tickets closed its doors in 1991 and was bought out by a Canadian company.

After 9 years and more than 1,400 shows...

This was the Beatles' last concert tour appearance ever, a 33-minute performance at San Francisco's Candlestick Park on Monday August 29, 1966. The Park's capacity was 42,500 but the Beatles only filled 25,000 seats, leaving entire sections of unsold seats.

Tempo Productions, which promoted the Candlestick Park show, was owned by Bobby Mitchell and Tom Donohue (aka "Big Daddy"), both popular KYA disc jockeys. In the summer of 1965 they had received a verbal agreement to promote the Beatles' two 1965 Cow Palace shows, but the contract was for some reason given to a San Jose promoter named Paul Cattallano.

Tempo immediately took legal action against the Beatles for breach of contract, serving them a summons via a process server at the Hollywood Bowl the day before the Cow Palace Shows. Eventually an agreement was worked out between the Beatles and Tempo's lawyers in which Tempo would promote the group's return engagement at Candlestick Park in 1966.

The Beatles took 65% of the gross, the city of San Francisco took 15% of paid admissions and 50 free tickets. This, along with lukewarm ticket sales and other unexpected expenses resulted in a financial loss for Tempo Productions.

The oversize tickets were to large to fit the counting machines at Candlestick and had to be counted by hand.

The performance was taped by Tony Barrow at Paul McCartney's request and is available in bootleg format. The last song was truncated because the recorder ran out of tape.

Just before leaving the stage, John teasingly strummed the opening guitar notes of "In My Life".

Wes Wilson designed the concert poster for the show. Wes later on to become one of the most influential artists of the psychedelic movement and designed many important posters for Bill Graham.

Candlestick Park has been renamed 3Com Park. The San Francisco Giants played their last season there in 1999.

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