Beatles Begone and Bootlegged

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The Beatles in Canada, can you imagine?

On August 22, 1964, the Beatles did give their first Canadian concert. They appeared at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, and 20,000 fans were there to enjoy the event.

If you couldn’t make it to the Stadium, it was hosted live on radio station CKNW with DJ Red Robinson.

How much did it cost for the great event? Are you ready? $5.25!

Unfortunately, the concert was cut short after only 27 minutes – because someone was afraid of a riot!

But, fortunately, there were bootlegged tapes of the show that was widely distributed!

To learn more about this, I suggest going to Guitars 101.



  1. The Beatles in Canada: Documentary Footage (1964)
    The very subject you are talking about 🙂
    Gave it a watch, was good!!


  2. Unfortunately, the download has been removed due to copyright violation. Darn. But it was an interesting read. It would have been nice to have for our Beatles Tribute that Silver Laughter did during the late 70s. We were Beatle Fanatics, to say the least.


    • Really? Well, yeah, I shouldn’t be surprised. They were really good, and appeared at a time where the world was going through change. If I do come across it, I’ll let you know!
      I’m really glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂


  3. You’ve combined two of my favourite subjects…Canada and the Beatles.

    Closest I ever came to meeting a Beatle was meeting Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits backstage in Toronto and shaking his hand…he assures me he’d shaken hands with each of the Beatles. It was only much later that I’d realized how much of a nob I’d been. Youth.


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