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50 years ago tonight, the Beatles played Seattle Center

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(SEATTLE) — Fifty years ago tonight, the Beatles played their first concert at the Seattle Center Coliseum before more than 14,000 screaming fans. On August 21, 1964, the Fab Four took the stage and wowed their fans with their soon to be classic hits including “All My Lovin,” “Twist and Shout,” “You Can’t Do That,” the website historylink.org reported.

The other songs the Beatles performed were “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “If I Fell In Love With You,” “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “Boys,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” and ending the concert with “Long Tall Sally.”

The opening acts for the show were Bill Black Combo, Exciters, Righteous Brothers, and Jackie De Shannon, according historylink.org

“Beatlemania” swept into Seattle days before the Beatles’ arrival. Security was stepped up at the Edgewater Inn Hotel, where the Beatles stayed. A 350-foot-long plywood fence covered in barbed wire was erected, and arrangements were made for the harbor patrol to prevent waterbound Beatle fans from approaching the building by boat.

During the concert, hundreds of teenage girls rushed the stage. Police and firefighters did their best to prevent injuries, but 35 people required first aid treatment. One girl was restrained on a stretcher, all the while screaming “Paul! I love you!”

The Beatles waited an hour before leaving the Coliseum in the rear of an ambulance that returned them to the heavily guarded Edgewater Inn on the waterfront. They earned $34,569 for their performance, according to historylink.org

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