|CURRENT INVENTORY / CONCERT EPHEMERA - CA098||VIEW CART|
FEBRUARY 12, 1964
57TH STREET & 7TH AVENUE
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA
ORIGINAL & COMPLETE CONCERT PROGRAM
CONDITION : NM-
FOLLOWING THEIR TRIUMPHANT DEBUT ON THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW ON FEBRUARY 9, 1964, AND THE GROUP'S VERY FIRST CONCERT IN AMERICA IN WASHINGTON D.C. AT THE WASHINGTON COLISEUM, The Beatles returned to New York City for two concerts at THE FAMED Carnegie Hall, ON WEDNESDAY EVENING FEBRUARY 12TH. THE TRAIN journey from Washington took two hours, but once back in New York their limousine was unable to pass through the waiting crowds. A public holiday held to commemorate Abraham Lincoln's birthday allowed an estimated 10,000 people to turn up to greet them at Penn Station. They were taken to the Plaza Hotel by taxi, and following a quick shower AND change of clothes they were smuggled out of the building through the kitchens.
The Beatles were scheduled to give two 34-minute concerts at Carnegie Hall, beginning at 7:45pm and 11:15pm. PRIOR TO THE SHOWS, they were greeted by guests including Shirley Bassey, and were given a gold disc by Swan Records for selling a million copies of She Loves You. Tickets for the concerts had gone on sale at the box office on January 27, and had completely sold out by the following day. 2,900 people saw each of the two shows, which were promoted by New York impresario Sid Bernstein. The warm-up act for both performances was The Briarwoods. George Martin had wanted to record The Beatles' Carnegie Hall performances, and although Capitol Records agreed he was denied permission by the American Federation of Musicians.
john Lennon later stated:
"Carnegie Hall was terrible. The acoustics were terrible and they had all these people sitting on the stage with us and it was just like Rockefeller's children backstage and it all got out of hand. It wasn't a rock show; it was just a sort of circus where we were in cages. We were being pawed and talked at and met and touched, backstage and onstage. We were just like animals."
FAB 4 COLLECTIBLES PROUDLY OFFERS (OUR FIRST EVER) THE RAREST OF ALL BEATLES CONCERT PROGRAMS. THIS STUNNING EXAMPLE OF THE 28 PAGE 11¼" X 8½" CARNEGIE HALL PROGRAM WAS DISTRIBUTED TO THE ATTENDEES WHERE THE BEATLES PERFORMED TWO SHOWS AT THIS PRESTIGIOUS NEW YORK CITY VENUE ON FEBRUARY 12TH DURING THE GROUP'S HISTORICAL FIRST U.S. VISIT.
TAKE NOTE OF THE ERROR IN THE LISTING OF PAUL'S NAME ON PAGE 11 - AS "JOHN McCARTNEY". AN UNBELIEVABLE MISTAKE FOR SUCH A PRESTIGIOUS VENUE.
THIS IS INDEED ONE THE RAREST PIECES OF BEATLES CONCERT EPHEMERA AND ONE THAT RARELY SURFACES TODAY. THIS EXAMPLE IS COMPLETE WITH ALL THE PAGES FIRMLY AND SOLIDLY INTACT. IT GRADES A SOLID NEAR MINT MINUS AND DISPLAYS BEAUTIFULLY WITH TWO MINOR ISSUES: SOME EDGE WEAR AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FRONT PAGE, AND A "SOFT" DIAGONAL CREASE IN THE UPPER RIGHT AREA OF THE PROGRAM. THE INNER PAGES ARE FLAWLESS.
THIS GORGEOUS CARNEGIE HALL PROGRAM, WOULD BE THE PERFECT ACCOMPANIMENT FOR THE ULTRA-RARE ORIGINAL TICKET STUB WE ARE ALSO CURRENTLY OFFERING (GO TO ITEM # CA095).
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