1964 : Beatles Perform at Olympia Stadium

September 6, 2018 all-day

To the delight of their fans, the Beatles traveled to Olympia Stadium in September 6, 1964 in Detroit.

The Beatles actually performed two concerts at the 15,000-capacity Detroit Olympia that day. The other acts on the bill were, in order of appearance, The Bill Black Combo, The Exciters, Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry, and Jackie DeShannon. Ticket prices for the afternoon and evening shows were $2, $3, $4 and $5.

It was the 14th stop of their 1964 North American Tour. The Motor City was the place of origin for the music the Beatles had professed to love in almost every interview and press conference — The Detroit Sound, and the recording artists of the Tamla-Motown label.

After the show they stayed at the Whittier Hotel. Following their departure the sheets they slept on were purchased by a radio station and cut into small squares, which were then sold to fans.

The Beatles performed on one other date at the Olympia Stadium, on 13 August 1966.

Sources :

Val Kamm, “Confessions of a Beatlemaniac”, Michigan History, May/June 2013.

Beatles Bible

YouTube Video of Olympia visit; audio from different concert added.

Scotty Moore’s Olympia Stadium website.

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