FOREST HILLS TENNIS STADIUM, TENNIS PLACE
FOREST HILLS, QUEENS, NEW YORK, USA
AUGUST 28, 1964
ORIGINAL CONCERT TICKET STUB

CONDITION : NM-
ITEM#: CA087
PRICE: $1,350


 
  DESCRIPTION
(ACTUAL SCANS)
 
ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 1964 The BEATLES' GAVE THE first of two sold out performances IN FRONT OF 16,000 FANS AT THE FOREST HILLS TENNIS STADIUM, QUEENS, NEW YORK, the SECOND OF WHICH TOok place the following night. This was the 8th stop along their breath-taking 1964 North American Tour, covering 24 cities and giving 32 concerts in just 34 days. these shows IN QUEENS, would be a prerequisite of what the beatles would endure a year later in the same neighborhood  - at shea stadium!

The Beatles had landed at 3:02 am that morning at Kennedy Airport, and were greeted by 3,000 waiting fans. They were driven to the Delmonico Hotel on Park Avenue and 59th Street where more fans were waiting, even though their stay was supposed to be a secret. One fan, snatchED RINGO STARR'S  St. Christopher medallion as he made his way inside the hotel, although she returned it later that day at their pre-show press conference. The fans were dispersed by police at 4 am. By the time The Beatles awoke later that morning thousands OF more fans were outside. This press conference was held at the Crystal Ballroom in the Delmonico Hotel before the August 28th show.

The Beatles were flown to the stadium by helicopter, which departed late as the pilot didn't have permission to depart. They took to the stage at 9:50 pm, later than expected. Tickets for each of the venue's 15,983 seats were sold out, and extra ones were added at the high price of $6.50. The audience were kept from the stage by an eight-foot high fence topped with barbed wire.

The Beatles performed 12 songs: 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, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Boys, A Hard Day's Night and Long Tall Sally. THE support acts were, in order of appearance, The Bill Black Combo, The Exciters, The Righteous Brothers and Jackie DeShannon.

PRESENTED HERE IS A BEAUTIFUL NEAR MINT MINUS TICKET STUB FROM THE BEATLES' FIRST SHOW AT FOREST HILLS. THE 1½" X 1¾" TICKET STUB IS THE "WHITE" FIELD CHAIR RIGHT $5.95 LOCATION : PORTAL 8 , ROW T, SEAT 12. THE 1964 FOREST HILLS SHOWS ARE AMONG THE RAREST CONCERT TICKET VENUES TO FIND IN IT'S FULL OR STUB STATE.

FOR THE ULTIMATE IN PRESERVATION, WE PRESENT THE TICKET STUB IN A 5 1/2" X 3 1/2" CRYSTAL CLEAR ULTRA-PRO® 1" THICK BEVELED LUCITE SCREW-DOWN HOLDER DISPLAY.

FOLLOWING THE CONCERT, THE BEATLES MET UP WITH BOB DYLAN BACK AT THE DELMONICO HOTEL, AND ON THIS NIGHT, BOB DYLAN HAD INTRODUCED CANNABIS TO THE BEATLES. THIS "TURN ON" BY DYLAN HAD a significant effect on the BEATLES' music and lives in subsequent years. THE TWO PARTIES WERE INTRODUCED BY A MUTUAL FRIEND, THE WRITER AL ARONOWITZ. UPON ARRIVING AT THE BEATLES' SUITE, DYLAN ASKED FOR CHEAP WINE, AND BEATLES' ROADIE MAL EVANS WAS SENT TO GET SOME, AND DURING THE WAIT DYLAN SUGGESTED THEY ALL SMOKE SOME MARIJUANA. Some of The Beatles had actually been introduced to cannabis in 1960, but the drug had made little impression. After the hotel room was secured, Dylan rolled the first joint and passed it to JOHN. He immediately gave it to RINGO, whom he called "my royal taster". Not realizing the etiquette was to pass it on, Ringo finished the joint, WHILE Dylan and Aronowitz rolled more for each of them. The Beatles spent the next few hours in hilarity, looked upon with amusement by Dylan. Brian Epstein kept saying, "I'm so high I'm on the ceiling. I'm up on the ceiling." Paul, meanwhile, was struck by the profundity of the occasion, telling anyone who would listen that he was "thinking for the first time, really thinking." He instructed Mal Evans to follow him around the hotel suite with a notebook, writing down everything he said.

From here the Beatles tour left for Atlantic City, but would return to New York on September 20th for the special charity event that was the conclusion of the current tour. The event entitled 'An Evening With The Beatles' was in support of United Cerebral Palsy. The Beatles gave their performance for free, as did the other supporting artists.

 

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