The US tour really opened on August 15th with a concert scheduled in New York at the Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets baseball team. This was the first time in the history of music that a stadium was used for a rock concert ! Seen by 55600 fans, it created a new world record for a pop concert in terms of attendance and gross revenue. The Beatles' share of the $304000 box-office takings was also a record - $160000.


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The Beatles played at Shea Stadium on August 15, 1965. The band was flown to the roof of a World's Fair building by a Boeing Vertol 107-II helicopter, then took an armored truck to the stadium. Almost 2,000 security officers were on duty to keep crowds under control.

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Although The Beatles made "Twist and Shout" famous, Ferris Bueller made it popular again in the 1980's in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

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Shea Stadium was torn down starting on October 14, 2008. The Last Play at Shea Stadium documents the the life of the stadium all the way through the last concert, featuring Billy Joel.

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