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April 7, 2008

It’s The Beatles!

Filed under: What's New — Lori Williamson @ 1:51 pm


As we approach summer and the start of the outdoor concert season, we recall one of Minnesota’s most memorable outdoor performances. The Beatles staged their second concert tour of the United States in the late summer of 1965. At this peak of Beatlemania, the Beatles played a mixture of outdoor stadiums and indoor arenas and for fans in Minnesota, that date came on August 21, 1965 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington.  The images seen here capture the Beatles’ landing and their waiting fans at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, interviews with radio sponsor, WDGY and an ecstatic crowd at the stadium that warm evening.  Taken by newspaper photographers, Sully and Neale, these images are part of the Society’s St. Paul Dispatch & Pioneer Press negative collection. This event was also captured on camera pf1269901.jpgby local teen Bill Carlson, and his photographs were recently published in The Beatles! A One-Night Stand in the Heartland

Diane Adams-Graf, Sound and Visual Curator

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Images, top to bottom:

The Beatles arrive at Twin Cities Metropolitan Airport

Fans at Beatles Concert. Metropolitan Stadium

The Beatles Concert at Metropolitan Stadium

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