August 14, 1966
The Beatles at Cleveland
|The Beatles did not make a stop in
Pittsburgh after the September 14, 1964 concert.
In 1966, they did visit Cleveland. KQV
figured if the Beatles couldn't come to Pittsburgh, KQV would send Pittsburgh
to the Beatles. KQV bought the tickets and sent a bus load of KQV listeners
to see the Beatles at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
One of those listeners was George Dzvonyik.
George was kind enough to send a copy of the letter he was sent from KQV's
John Rook. He also enclosed a copy of the ticket stub. You'll notice that
the Cleveland concert was sponsored by WIXY 1260. (In the late 60's and
early 70's co-owned WMCK in McKeesport would change their name to WIXZ
1360). The cost of a Beatles ticket in 1966 was only $5.50.
Here are George's memories
of the Beatles in Cleveland.
date was August 14th 1966. This date is indelibly etched in my mind. On
this date I saw the Beatles at Cleveland's old Municipal Stadium. The trip
to Cleveland was memorable in itself. The bus we were riding in broke down
on the way to the show, on the Ohio Turnpike. I had won the tickets
from KQV Radio 1410, and we just barely made it in time to see the Fab
Four. We had already missed seeing the Cyrkle, but no one seemed to mind.
I was on a bus full of screaming girls, I think there may have been 1 other
boy on the bus, and all we wanted see was the legendary Beatles! We got
there and about 10 minutes later the concert started. the Beatles were
brought into the stadium in an armored car through the center field fence.
The stage was set on 2nd base and 6' fences lined the field down the foul
ball lines. Murray the K introduced them and then all chaos broke loose!!
I have never, to this day, heard that kind of noise. The decibel level
was so high that you could barely hear a word they were singing. There
were people fainting and being taken out on stretchers the entire show.
About 20 minutes into the show the band started to play the first notes
to their famous song "Day Tripper" . A girl ran up to the 6' fence and
started to climb up and almost over the fence until she was pulled back
down. By that time more and more people had run up to and knocked down
the fences and when it was all over 10,000 people had stormed the stage.
The Beatles were taken off the stage on the same armored truck that had
brought them in. Murray the K said that if people did not go back
to their seats the show would be over. About 45 minutes later the
crowd got back to their seats and the concert was resumed. It's easy to
see why the Beatles gave up live shows. First was the sound quality and
secondly the security problem. I salute KQV for the chance to see the Beatles
and as you can see, I will forever cherish the moment in time."
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Beatles at the Civic Arena