Mid-South Coliseum

MEMPHIS MOMENTS
10:43 am
Fri August 23, 2013

The Beatles In Memphis

The Beatles
Credit Library of Congress / United Press International (UPI Telephoto)

For the grand sum of $5.50, Memphis residents could have attended the only local performance of the Beatles. As one of only 14 stops during their summer tour, the Beatles scheduled two shows at the Mid-South Coliseum for August 19, 1966.

The Memphis engagement lives large in the lore of the Beatles for the controversy surrounding the concert. A month before the Memphis shows, a controversial article appeared in the magazine Datebook in which John Lennon was misquoted as he attempted to describe the hysteria surrounding the band’s fame.

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