Saturday, September 28, 2013

Concert in Washington

On February 11 1964, The Beatles were scheduled to play a concert at the Washington Coliseum in the Capital of the United States of America. It was the Beatles' first concert in the States (barring the Ed Sullivan performances).
The songs played that evening included the following: the show starts with the Chuck Berry cover: "Roll Over Beethoven" sung by George from the Second Album. This is followed by the Beatles' thrid single "From Me To You" sung by both John and Paul. "I saw Her Standing There" is next followed by "This Boy" and "All My Loving" ( all three from the "Meet The Beatles" Capitol LP). Ringo gets his chance at vocals for a rendition of the original composition "I Wanna Be Your Man" (also from "Meet The Beatles"). The single "Please Please Me" is performed by the band and is followed by the ballad "Till There Was You" sung by Paul. The concert shifts to high gear with "She Loves You", "I Want To Hold Your Hand" (the latest single at the time) and ends with two covers: "Twist And Shout" and "Long Tall Sally".
Most of the material (missing the last song) has been released on vinyl bootleg namely the LP "District of Washington" and on CD with the title: "In Case You Don't Know". Videos of the show can be seen on "The Beatles Firsts" and commercially on the Apple projects "The First US Visit" (in portions) as well as the Anthology DVD footage which includes "I Saw Her Standing There", "Please Please Me" and "She Loves You" (which mixes in some colour footage as well). Here is another veiw with a portion of the concert:

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