Nobody was prepared for the pandemonium that erupted when a popular British band first touched down in America in 1964. Of course, we have all seen the images of hysteria that greeted the ‘Fab Four’ upon their arrival.
Believe it or not, it’s been fifty years — a full half century! — since The Beatles played their first iconic show at the Hollywood Bowl, and Beatlemania is still going strong. To mark this anniversary, a recreation of that epic concert is being staged at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend only.
Dave Stewart (one half of the Eurythmics duo) will be the evening’s ringmaster and musical director, and various special guests will join him. The lineup of musicians will feature Vanessa Amorosi, Michelle Branch, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mary Lambert, Martina Mcbride, Allen Stone and Liv Warfield.
As well as performing many Beatles classic pop songs, the ensemble will re-create the historic set, including “Twist and Shout,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “A Hard Day’s Night” all set to vintage film clips and more, all in celebration of the Fab Four’s L.A. Invasion.
The concerts are happening on Friday and Saturday, August 22 and 23, at 8 pm, as well as Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm.
“Ringmaster” Dave Stewart (co-founder of the Eurythmics) will be joined by a fantastic lineup of talented special guests – all huge fans of the legendary foursome: Australian superstar Vanessa Amorosi, performing all three nights; Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Michelle Branch, performing Saturday and Sunday; multi-platinum recording artist Billy Ray Cyrus, performing all three nights; singer-songwriter and activist Mary Lambert, performing Friday and Sunday; multi-platinum superstar Martina McBride, performing Saturday and Sunday; soul singer Allen Stone, performing all three nights; and alternative R&B/soul singer Liv Warfield, performing all three nights.
Producer/promoter/television personality Bob Eubanks, who brought the Fab Four to the Bowl 50 years ago, will be on hand all three evenings to participate in the concert.
This year’s concert begins with the 1964 set list, which included hits such as “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and “A Hard Day’s Night,” all planned for the first half. The second half of the concert will feature additional Beatles’ classics such as “Blackbird,” “Strawberry Fields,” “Hey Jude,” “All You Need is Love,” and “Eleanor Rigby.” The concert also features vintage clips in celebration of the Fab Four’s L.A. invasion.
For more on the Beatles, the Beatles at the Bowl exhibit can be found on the second floor of the Hollywood Bowl Museum. The Museum is located on Peppertree Lane between the Box Office and Highland Avenue, and is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 8 pm, and Sunday, 4:30 – 7:30 pm.
THE BEATLES’ 50TH AT THE BOWL
DAVE STEWART, ringmaster
VANESSA AMOROSI, special guest
MICHELLE BRANCH, special guest (except Friday)
BILLY RAY CYRUS, special guest
MARY LAMBERT, special guest (except Saturday)
MARTINA McBRIDE, special guest (except Friday)
ALLEN STONE, special guest
LIV WARFIELD, special guest
BOB EUBANKS, special guest
For full artist biographies, please visit the official site here.
2301 N Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8 PM
Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 8 PM
Sunday, August 24, 2014, at 7:30 PM
Subscriptions and single tickets are available now for the Hollywood Bowl 2014 summer season here and here, or via phone at 323.850.2000, and in person at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.
The August 22 Concert is Sponsored by Cupcake Vineyards,
Official Wine of the Hollywood Bowl
August 22 Media Sponsor: Los Angeles Magazine
The August 23 Concert is Sponsored by Acura,
Proud Automotive Sponsor of the Hollywood Bowl
August 23 Media Sponsor: The Wall Street Journal
The August 24 Concert is Sponsored by Cooper Tires