Manila • Monday, July 4, 1966

ConcertBy The Beatles • Part of the Summer 1966 Asia Mini-Tour8pm show
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Rizal Memorial Football Stadium

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From New York Herald Tribune, European Edition, July 6, 1966:

MANILA, Philippines — The Beatles were roughed up and cursed today [July 6] by a mob of Filipinos and threatened with detention by local tax officials. But they finally managed to leave the Philippines — with shouts of ‘‘Go to hell, Beatles’’ ringing in their ears. Having enraged the nation by not turning up for a performance at the presidential palace yesterday, the singers got perhaps the coldest sendoff of their careers. At one point, their manager, Brian Epstein, was shoved to the ground by an airport worker and kicked. Another husky Filipino threw a punch at drummer Ringo Starr, who admitted he was ‘‘scared stiff.’’ A handful of police stood by and watched the airport incident.


[…] Unknown to many, almost 40 years ago on July 4, 1966, The Beatles made history in Manila. They played twice to the biggest paying crowd in a single day in Manila with at least a combined audience of 80,000 in attendance, unmatched anywhere in the band’s touring history.

At 4:00 p.m. that day, The Beatles launched their first gig before a delighted crowd of 30,000 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, yet unaware of the ugly events that awaited them owing to their inadvertent failure to show up at a luncheon party for them in Malacañang.

Four hours later, The Beatles returned to the same place for their second and last concert in Manila, this time to a crowd of 50,000. The latter, grossly ignored by many to this day, is The Beatles’ second-biggest concert attendance in history, surpassed only by their concert at the Shea Stadium in New York in August of 1965.

All in all, the Beatles performed 11 songs in their Manila con-certs. They opened with the Chuck Berry original Rock and Roll Music and followed it up with 10 original Beatles compositions: “She’s a Woman,” “If I Needed Someone,” “Day Tripper,” “Baby’s in Black,” “I Feel Fine,” “Yesterday,” “I Wanna be Your Man,” “Nowhere Man,” “Paperback Writer” and “I’m Down.”

This repertoire of less than a dozen songs basically went unchanged throughout the Beatles’ tour of Germany, Japan and Manila. In fact, the Beatles performed the same standard set when they toured the United States for the last time in August 1966, a month after the “Manila nightmare.” […]

Some of our best artists fronted for The Beatles in these concerts. They included Eddie Reyes and D’Downbeats (with the D’Cavalcade Dancers), Dale Adriatico, Wing Duo, Pilita Corrales, Lemons Three, Quartet (accompanied by Pilita Corrales and The Lemmons Three) and The Reycard Duet.

Based on the photos available on the Internet, the cost of a grandstand ringside ticket then was P30, while a field reserved ticket had a tag price of P20. Gate receipts from the two concerts totaled $100,000.

Despite the bitter experience that The Beatles and their entourage experienced at the hands of airport security personnel when they left the country, they did not leave without posting yet another milestone in their touring history with their Manila concerts.

Last updated on April 21, 2019

Rizal Memorial Football Stadium

This was the 2nd concert played at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

A total of 2 concerts have been played there • 1966Jul 4thJul 4th


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