“We really didn’t care”

George Harrison said the Beatles’ performance at Shea Stadium in 1965 was “impersonal”. By the time the band played their record-breaking gig, they had already been through the wringer as they toured the world at the height of Beatlemania. When they landed in New York, they didn’t care anymore.

Beatles performance at Shea Stadium in 1965 in front of thousands of fans.
Beatles performance at Shea Stadium | Bettmann/Getty Images

The Beatles were tired of touring before their performance at Shea Stadium

Touring through Beatlemania was exhausting for the four guys from Liverpool. Most of the time they were hiding from hordes of screaming girls in cars and hotel rooms. They often had to be escorted to the stage in armored vehicles.

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