On February 9, 1964, the Fab Four indulged the States with a 4-song set on the Ed Sullivan Show. But with all the hype surrounding the Beatles 50th anniversary show this past Sunday commemorating that event, people tend to forget about their first live performance that sparked a musical revolution.
Just 2 days after the iconic Ed Sullivan appearance, the Beatles hit the road for Washington, DC, ready to take the stage with a performance that would propel the Beatlemania phenomenon. On February 11, 4 lovable lads from Liverpool, England, walked into the Washington Coliseum for their first-ever live performance in America, and delivered an unbelievable, 12-song set that started off with a cover of the Chuck Berry classic, “Roll Over Beethoven.”
With an at-capacity crowd of about 7,000 attendees, the coliseum was set up like a boxing ring, with the Beatles surrounded on all sides by adoring fans. About 20 minutes into their 35-minute set, the Beatles stopped playing, turned all of their instruments around, and began performing in the other direction.
Tonight at Uline Arena (formerly known as the Washington Coliseum), kicking off their set at exactly 8:31 pm, cover band Beatlemania Now will replicate the same show that took place exactly 50 years ago today, in the exact same location.
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