Detroit • Saturday, August 13, 1966

ConcertBy The Beatles • Part of the Summer 1966 US tourAfternoon show
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Olympia Stadium

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From Motor City Radio Flashbacks, August 13, 2016:

The Beatles performed two sold-out concerts before 28,000-screaming Detroit fans at the Olympia Stadium on this day. With 11 standards slated for their second North American tour, they included several of their latter post-1964 hits for the Detroit ’66 performances, Nowhere Man, Day Tripper, If I Needed Someone and Paperback 

Other acts on the Olympia marquee who performed with the Beatles were The Cyrkle, The Ronettes, The Remainsand Bobby Hebb. Immediately after the concert the band took a chartered Greyhound bus to their next scheduled stop in Cleveland.

WKNR deejays emceed both shows.Bob Green took the stage at 7:00 p.m., welcoming the Beatles to the Olympia before the Detroit home crowd. Earlier in the afternoon Scott Regen introduced the Beatles on stage for the 2:00 p.m. performance.

As previously, September 1964, both Beatles’ Olympia Stadium appearances was presented by WKNR.

From Detroit Free Press – Paul McCartney and John Lennon at Detroit’s Olympia Stadium on Aug. 13, 1966 – Doug Elbinger
From Daily News – August 14, 1966
From Chicago Tribune – August 14, 1966

Last updated on December 18, 2022

Olympia Stadium

This was the 3rd concert played at Olympia Stadium.

A total of 3 concerts have been played there • 1964Sep 6th1966Aug 13thAug 13th

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Emily 2 years ago

I was at the afternoon show! Sat way back on the main floor, didn't hear a thing, but what an experience!

The PaulMcCartney Project 2 years ago

Thanks Emily to share your memories !

Linda Bolam 2 years ago

Me and my cousin were at that show. We were 12 years old. My uncle just dropped us off in front of Olympia and we went in. You wouldn't do that nowadays.

The PaulMcCartney Project 2 years ago

Thanks Linda for sharing those wonderful memories !!

Joseph Bichler 2 years ago

I was at the afternoon concert. I was 11 and my mom took me. It was insane. I remember Cyrkle doing Red Rubber Ball. I couldn’t hear anything but girls screaming the whole time The Beatles were on stage. The played in the round and the entire stage was surrounded local cops for their protection. I tried to get as close to the stage as I could in the first balcony when I witnessed a girl get up on the it edge wall and screaming, she jumped and landed belly down on the stage where she got up, arms Raies and screaming as she ran towards Ringo. The police got her. I can’t believe she was ok.

The PaulMcCartney Project 2 years ago

Thanks Joseph for sharing your memories ! This story is amazing !!

Jan Pewsey 1 year ago

I was at the afternoon show. I just turned 13. My brother got me a ticket for my birthday. My Mom and sister also came with my brother and I. It was so loud from all the women screaming. We ran up closer when they came out.

The PaulMcCartney Project 1 year ago

Thanks Jan sharing your memories !

Mark LaVoie 1 year ago

I was 18 and a senior in high school. My friend Clayton and I had tickets for the afternoon show. It was so loud with all the screaming we didn’t hear a word and we were way up in the nosebleeds. The opening act The Crykle shouted out “guess who this is”. And broke into the teenage anthem “Round Round Get Around I Get Around.” They were the only words I heard that August 1966 afternoon in Olympia Stadium. Yet it was a claim to fame for me and I may be one of the few guys my age that admits he wasn’t at Woodstock.

The PaulMcCartney Project 1 year ago

Thanks Mark ! what great memories it must be !

Eddie Crutchfield 1 year ago

My wife was 16 at the concert and we have attended each of Pauls concerts in Detroit since.

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