There is no sound in this clip. Not that it matters. Not even The Beatles could hear themselves play on the KRLA stage positioned at second base. So toss on your favorite pre-Sgt Pepper track and scream along while you watch a clip of a color print showing The Beatles entering the field before trying to sing out a tune.
It is the 45th anniversary of the Beatles playing Dodger Stadium, and the LAT takes a look back at the 30-minute appearance that had the Fatigued Fab Four play an 11-song set for $120,000.
Walter O'Malley.com also recalls the night.
“As soon as we heard they were coming to the stadium," says Dodger Stadium's Bob Smith, who had the task to handle concert operations and security. "we started working with the (Los Angeles) Fire Department and a lot of people to see what we could do to keep the crowd from taking over the field, which they had done in a lot of other places.”
An eight-foot chain link fence was placed around the whole field from the bullpen around home plate all the way to the other bullpen, says Smith.
In the clip, you can see some zealous fans skitter around the outfield whIle dodging security in hopes to reach the stage.
“From the time they came on the stage till they went off, it was continuous screaming in the stands,” said Smith. “It was so loud. I don’t think you could understand what they were saying because it was so loud. The screaming would be above the music, and they kept cranking up the music. But, all the people were standing up, jumping up and down and screaming. I think compared to baseball, baseball was pretty calm compared to this.
"The Gibson home run was something similar to that, but it didn’t last as long as when The Beatles were there.”
The next show was at Candlestick Park, which became the final official concert setting for John, Paul, George and Ringo.