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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Beatles video from Municipal Stadium unearthed after 44 years

I buried Paul Lindblad.

Previously unseen footage of The Beatles playing an unscheduled gig during their first tour of America has been found lying in a drawer after 44 years.

...The gig at the Municipal Stadium in Kansas was controversial because of the unpopularity of Charles Finley, owner of the Kansas City Athletics Baseball Team.

The local press urged a boycott of the concert in protest against Finley and as a result the stadium was almost half empty.

The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein had managed to negotiate a fee of $150,000 for the gig, which helped leave Finley out of pocket.

Repoz Posted: October 28, 2008 at 04:11 PM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history, music, royals

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   1. salvomania Posted: October 28, 2008 at 04:51 PM (#2997804)
I wonder who that opening act is? Looks like some swingin' R&B-type thing...

EDIT: and I can't figure out where that semicolon is coming from... it doesn't show up in the preview...
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: October 28, 2008 at 04:57 PM (#2997809)
The gig at the Municipal Stadium in Kansas was controversial because of the unpopularity of Charles Finley, owner of the Kansas City Athletics Baseball Team.


I wonder if author of this post does not realize that Municipal Stadium is in Missouri, or does he simply not realize that much of Kansas City is in Missouri.
   3. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 28, 2008 at 05:12 PM (#2997822)
According to this, the opening acts for that tour were Jackie DeShannon, The Righteous Brothers, Bill Black's Combo, and the Exciters.

Hell of a lineup.
   4. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: October 28, 2008 at 05:14 PM (#2997827)
does he simply not realize that much of Kansas City is in Missouri.
To be geeky, there are two separate and distinct KCs, the big one in Mo. and its little, Camden, NJ-like brother, in KS, known as KCK.
   5. Lest we forget Posted: October 28, 2008 at 05:16 PM (#2997828)
and chances are it was 30 minute gig, max. boatload of money..
   6. TerpNats Posted: October 28, 2008 at 05:33 PM (#2997847)
Would this have been the Beatles' first concert in an MLB venue, nearly a year before the more famous 1965 Shea Stadium show?
   7. Exploring Leftist Conservatism since 2008 (ark..) Posted: October 28, 2008 at 06:00 PM (#2997878)
EDIT: and I can't figure out where that semicolon is coming from... it doesn't show up in the preview...
It's the ghost; of kevin.
   8. Vrhovnik Posted: October 28, 2008 at 06:01 PM (#2997879)
Paul Lindblad worked in the off season at a meat packing plant with my 3 & 2 League (KCK's version of Little League) coach. And one of my friends went to this show. Said the sound was horrible.
   9. Exploring Leftist Conservatism since 2008 (ark..) Posted: October 28, 2008 at 06:17 PM (#2997902)
Said the sound was horrible.
Though better than the (absence of) sound on the tape. This is probably the gig wehre they played all original material that never made it to vinyl.
   10. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 28, 2008 at 06:26 PM (#2997910)
Charlie Finley was more unpopular than the Beatles were popular? Among teenage girls?


Probably not among the girls, but more than likely among the parents, who would have been paying for the tickets.
   11. Worrierking Posted: October 28, 2008 at 06:48 PM (#2997939)
I buried Paul Lindblad.


Classic stuff Repoz. BTW, I don't believe all these Linda is dead rumors.
   12. Elvis Posted: October 28, 2008 at 07:13 PM (#2997988)
From a pre-concert interview with the Fab Four in Kansas City, where they even asked a couple of baseball question for the guys from Liverpool.

Q: "Do you like baseball?"

JOHN: "Not particularly."

(reporters comically overreact with gasps at John's response)

PAUL: "Oooooo. Very good game, Mister Finley! Very nice!"

(laughter)

JOHN: "Only on T.V."

RINGO: (loudly) "Oh dear!"

PAUL: (jokingly) "Great game!"

RINGO: "No it does, you know. You throw the ball, and then another ten minutes you have a cigarette and throw another ball."

Q: "Is it true Charlie Finley asked you to wear kelly green and gold baseball outfits?"

(Beatles laugh)

BEATLES: "No!"

GEORGE: "Not true. We wouldn't wear 'em, anyway. Not even for 300,000."

http://www.geocities.com/~beatleboy1/db1964.0917.beatles.html
   13. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: October 28, 2008 at 07:21 PM (#2998000)
Q: "Is it true Charlie Finley asked you to wear kelly green and gold baseball outfits?"

Didn't Elton John wear a (glam-ized) Dodgers uni when he played Dodger Stadium?
   14. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: October 28, 2008 at 07:28 PM (#2998009)
It's the ghost; of kevin.

I've been away. Is kevin banned? I shudder to ask what finally got him the boot.
   15. Lassus Posted: October 28, 2008 at 07:34 PM (#2998014)
I've been away. Is kevin banned? I shudder to ask what finally got him the boot.

Old news, Mr. Van Winkle. I barely remember. Something political and Szym had had enough. And there was much rejoicing in the land.
   16. GGC:BTF's Biggest Underachiever Posted: October 28, 2008 at 07:39 PM (#2998020)
salvomania & arkitekton, the semi-colon is an Expression Engine bug.
   17. GGC:BTF's Biggest Underachiever Posted: October 28, 2008 at 07:40 PM (#2998021)
For example: "A&R;man."
   18. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 28, 2008 at 07:44 PM (#2998023)
Didn't Elton John wear a (glam-ized) Dodgers uni when he played Dodger Stadium?


Yep.

Elton John at Dodger Stadium, 1975
   19. Dan Szymborski Posted: October 28, 2008 at 07:47 PM (#2998026)
Old news, Mr. Van Winkle. I barely remember. Something political and Szym had had enough. And there was much rejoicing in the land.

It wasn't political at all!

I closed a redundant thread (we had a number of politics threads going on simultaneously) and directed the conversations to a single political thread.

Kevin decided it was all about him and decided to start hijacking on-topic baseball threads to ##### about the injustice. Dude was already skating on carpaccio-thin ice and having to go into every thread in hot topics to remove his dropping was the last straw.
   20. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: October 28, 2008 at 08:54 PM (#2998092)
that's not the only Municipal Stadium that they played at
   21. AndrewJ Posted: October 28, 2008 at 09:13 PM (#2998102)
There was absolutely no controversy when John said The Beatles were bigger than Jesus Alou.
   22. MSalfino Posted: October 28, 2008 at 10:39 PM (#2998166)
I was just reading yesterday how the Beatles had no idea how much money they had when they were a band, where it was or where it was coming from when they spent it. And they stopped touring not so much because of the screaming fans but because, according to Ringo, they were "going to be left with a pack of ciggies and a fiver" after everyone took their cut.
   23. Repoz Posted: October 28, 2008 at 11:28 PM (#2998197)
according to Ringo, they were "going to be left with a pack of ciggies and a fiver"

Hey Ringo, what did you do with the money?
   24. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: October 28, 2008 at 11:40 PM (#2998204)
There was absolutely no controversy when John said The Beatles were bigger than Jesus Alou.

Jesus had a respectable one-fer the day the Beatles played their last concert that same night in the same venue
   25. Andere Richtingen Posted: October 29, 2008 at 04:32 AM (#2998373)
Didn't Elton John wear a (glam-ized) Dodgers uni when he played Dodger Stadium?

He did, but my guess is that it was his idea.

Hey Ringo, what did you do with the money?

No no no no, I don't {sniff} no more
I'm tired of waking up on the floor...

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