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Tuesday, August 31, 1965

San Francisco • 2pm show

Concert • By The Beatles • Part of the 1965 US tour

Last updated on April 17, 2019


  • Country: USA
  • City: San Francisco
  • Location: Cow Palace


  • Location: Cow Palace


Some songs from this concert appear on:

From David’s Rock scrapbook:

Transcript of a memoir of two girls who were at the concert.

The Beatles are the coolest guys you can ever see anyplace. They give good performances. They just couldn’t be better. Call them Gear, Boss, Cool, Tuff, Neat, but they’re all that at once to Patty & I.

Of course you say you’re gonna be calm but when you see them you have to scream & just yell & everything that goes with it.  The 8:00 performance is what we’re gonna tell about. As far as other performers, there were the 9 Disco girl Dancers, Sounds, inc. (Which gave a fantastic performance, Brenda Hollaway, King Curtis Band, Cannibal & The Head Hunters, who also gave a good perfornmance of singing & also a wonderful act. And of course The Beatles! John walked on stage, then George, Paul & Ringo. The whole audience was in shock from seeing the Beatles.

Girls everywhere were screaming, shreiking, weeping, & sobbing.

Their first song was “Twist & Shout.” The audience went completely out of hand. On the main floor there were no more boys, just a horde of girls with their hands stretched out, waving, not caring about the song, just listening as Paul talked between each song.

After about 10 min there was sort of an intermission but the Beatles remained on stage as the fainting girls were carried from the audience across the stage & into the medicare office. 

Girls tried to get on stage but the block of policemen kept them back. 

When they were singing girls tried a new way to touch their idols. One girl pretended she had fainted & when she was being carried past Paul she jumped on her feet and put both arms around Paul’s waist while Paul kept singing. Slipping away from the10 sec. of the most important step of her life. She was taken to the medicare room. when girls had really fainted you could tell. They were listening, sobbing, slumping, walking past their idols without a thought of grabbing them, or touching them. Girls were in hysteria when ever a girl touched one of them. They all got their share. Not just Paul, George & John, but towards the end of the performance, when the policemen were carrying the fainting girls away, one after another, a boy jumped on stage up to Ringo’s platform, waved at the audience & then patted Ringo on the shoulder.That was the most exciting part because he got up without a fight. 

When Ringo sang, “I Wanna Be Your Man,” Kathy and I could hardly stand it, the screaming roared to it loudest point of the whole performance.

Even the boys were going crazy. After it was over Dianne Stordart, Stephanie & Dorit Stoessen Patty & I were all talking to the boys who had touched the Beatles & they almost fainted, as they put it. But they couldn’t because they were helping the fainted girls up on stage. Even a little old lady was carried off from sure shock. Hearing it and seeing it is a different story. You won’t believe it. Girls carried off stage with dresses and skirts almost off. But I guess the Beatles are used to it by now after almost three years being the most popular rock & roll recorders ever.

No offence to John lovers, but John looked unneat last night as I was told later by front row watchers. But who cares as long as you see them.

George’s hair is really the longest. It’s really too long. Paul’s hair is the neatest of all & Ringo’s is the shiniest. Stories by the same front row watchers that a girl almost ripped John’s shirt off and he hit her. But we all know it was an accident because John wouldn’t do an awful thing like that, now would he? Of course not. It was so wild I’m sure everybody would have fainted if they didn’t get out of that place. But Patty, Stepfanie & I were close but not close enough for us. When Ringo was singing “ I wanna Be Your Man”, I said “Come on Patty let’s go down to the isle, there no cops there!” So off I went with Patty & Stephanie behind me. We ran down until we were about 30 feet away from them. We could see the color of their eyes it seemed so close. It was just the most thrilling moment of my life! They sang:

1 Twist & Shout

2 She’s A Woman

3 I feel Fine

4 I wanna Be Your Man

5 Can’t Buy Me Love

6 I’m Down

7 Dizzie Miss Lizzie

8 Help!

9 You Can’t Do That

10 If I Fell

11 It’s A Hard Day’s Night

12 Ticket To Ride

13 Babies In Black

14 Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby

15 Eight Days A Week (?)

16 Slow Down (?)

It was just the greatest. The Beatles are really just the greatest guys ever. You have to see them on stage before you can say that truthfully, because they are cool guys & they are nice to their fans, they talked to their fans, mostly Paul, but they all introduced a few songs.  I just wish everybody in the world could see how they perform because it’s just great. I’ll never forget the Cow Palace for bringing them back this year & they told the audience they would come back next year. Do girls, Do your best to get tickets for this 66’ performance. We sure are!

Pam & Patty

Cow Palace

This was the 2nd concert played at Cow Palace.

A total of 5 concerts have been played there • 1964Aug 19th1965Aug 31st (2pm show)Aug 31st (Evening show)1976Jun 13thJun 14th

Setlist for the concert

  1. Help!

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

  2. I'm Down

    Written by Lennon - McCartney

See song statistics for “1965 US tour”

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