The Beatles American Tours

Welcome to this section titled The Beatles' American Tours. This section contains information concerning the Beatles tours of the U.S. and Canada from 1964-1966. Information will be given concerning song lists (what The Beatles were playing on each tour), other groups and singers touring with them, as well as background of each venue The Beatles played. I hope you enjoy this informative section.
 

THE INVASION BEGINS!!
(February 7-21, 1964)

This 2-week "tour" was the very first trip for the Beatles to America. After securing a total of three appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show, and having the number one single (I Want To Hold Your Hand) and number one album (Meet The Beatles!), America was primed and ready for the Fab Four's invasion of America.

BEATLES FIRST AMERICAN TOUR
 
(August 19 - September 20, 1964)

This was the first real Beatles concert tour of America. Consisting of 32 shows in 34 days, The Beatles wound up breaking attendance records as they appeared at major arenas throughout the U.S and Canada. On the bill with The Beatles was the Bill Black Combo, the Righteous Brothers (backed by The Exciters), and Jackie DeShannon. The Beatles song list for this 1964 tour:

(**-For some shows, The Beatles would open with I Saw Her Standing There, delete She Loves You, and close with Twist And Shout).

 

 

 

 

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
(August 15-31, 1965)

The Beatles second visit of the U.S., and unlike the first tour was shorter in duration. During this visit, their second movie titled Help! premiered in New York, adding more fuel to an already frenzied U.S. version of Beatlemania. On the bill with the Beatles during this tour was Brenda Holloway, The King Curits Band, Cannibal and The Headhunters, and Sounds Incorporated (with a troupe of disco dancers). The Beatles song list for this tour:

(**- NOTE: For some shows, the Beatles would drop Act Naturally, and play I Wanna Be Your Man instead)

FINAL AMERICAN TOUR
(August 12-30, 1966)

This tour would end up being the Beatles final tour in front of a live audience. By this time, the Beatles had grown tired of the same routine, with each concert not being heard over the roar of screaming fans. John Lennon's Jesus remarks also made for more problems with death threats against the group growing as they start this final tour. On the bill with the Beatles were The Ronettes, The Cyrkle, and The Remains. The Beatles song list for this final tour is:

(**- NOTE: For some shows, The Beatles would drop I'm Down and add Long Tall Sally for their shows)