staged their second concert tour
of the United States
(with one date in Canada
) in the late summer of 1965. At the peak of American Beatlemania
, they played a mixture of outdoor stadiums
and indoor arenas
, with two historic stops on this venture.
After this tour's conclusion, the Beatles, who had been touring, recording and promoting non-stop for three years, took a six-week break before reconvening in mid-October to record the album Rubber Soul
The Shea Stadium show
The Shea Stadium concert on August 15 was record breaking and one of the most famous concert events of its era. It set records for attendance and revenue generation. Promoter Sid Bernstein
said, "Over 55,000 people saw the Beatles at Shea Stadium. We took $304,000, the greatest gross ever in the history of show business."Roy Carr & Tony Tyler, The Beatles: An Illustrated Record
, 1976, p. 46 This demonstrated that outdoor concerts on a large scale could be successful and profitable.
The Beatles were transported to the rooftop Port Authority Heliport at the World's Fair
by a New York Airways Boeing Vertol 107-II
helicopter, then took a Wells Fargo
armoured truck to the stadium. Two thousand security personnel were at the stadium to handle crowd control. The crowd was confined to the spectator areas of the stadium with nobody other than the band members, their entourage, and security personnel allowed on... Read More