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Tue Aug 14, 2018, 08:09 AM

August 14, 1966 -- the Beatles in Cleveland

An article from 2016.

Attendance was 24,000.

"But with tickets selling for $3 to $5.50, WIXY dreamed of attendance hitting 70,000, notes author Deanna Adams, whose books include the history "Rock 'n' Roll and the Cleveland Connection." Promoters considered the concert a "dismal failure."

One reason was the U.S. publication, only days earlier, of an interview with John Lennon that originally appeared five months earlier in the London Evening Standard, without much notice. Interviewer Maureen Cleave wrote that Lennon was "reading extensively about religion," and quoted him saying: "We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first -- rock 'n' roll or Christianity."

Lennon's comment in context was an observation about religion losing its connection with youth. It was taken, especially in the South, as an anti-Christian boast, and it led to the banning and burning of Beatles records and memorabilia. The fierce reaction threatened to stop the tour.

"I'm sure it was because of the parents, not so much the kids," Adams said. "As kids, I think we were smart enough to understand what Lennon was saying." But concert attendance was affected because, in many cases, "the parents dropped off the kids and picked them up afterward."

The Hough riots, three weeks earlier, also left some leery of going downtown. A wet and chilly night didn't add to the appeal.

https://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/08/remembering_the_beatles_1966_cleveland_show_50_years_on.html

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Cartoonist Aug 2018 #1
sinkingfeeling Aug 2018 #2
PatSeg Aug 2018 #3
Ohiogal Aug 2018 #4
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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Tue Aug 14, 2018, 08:16 AM

1. I would have gone

The Catholic school I attended sent all the kids wearing Beatles clothing home to change.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Tue Aug 14, 2018, 09:07 AM

2. I saw them Aug. 22, 1964 at the Cincinnati Gardens

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Tue Aug 14, 2018, 09:08 AM

3. $3 to $5.50???

Wow!

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Response to PatSeg (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 14, 2018, 02:57 PM

4. Yes! And when you think of

how it cost $200 recently to see Ringo by himself!

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 14, 2018, 03:02 PM

5. It truly was a different world back then

Also it was more about the music and less about the "show".

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Tue Aug 14, 2018, 03:09 PM

6. Religious parents saved $$$ not buying tickets and then years later sent it to Jim Baker.....

At least the Beatles weren't running a CON JOB on those buying tickets like Baker and Tammi were with those time share "tickets".

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Tue Aug 14, 2018, 03:14 PM

7. $5.50 ticket would cost almost $43.00 in 2018..........

Paid $275 per ticket years ago when Elton John and Billy Joel were touring.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Tue Aug 14, 2018, 03:16 PM

8. I wanted to go see them in Memphis Aug 19th.




But decided against it after hearing on news reports that they couldn't be heard
in other venues from all the screaming.

According to this article their performance was picketed by the Klan and because
of this and other stops in this tour they decided to do no more tours.

Link: http://www.wknofm.org/post/beatles-memphis

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Tue Aug 14, 2018, 03:27 PM

9. Wow - great memories. I was there with my friend Kathy.

Her parents (the best ones on the planet) took us to the 2 shows in Chicago as well. It was so much fun!

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