The Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens

The Beatles performed in Toronto a total of three times before calling it quits, each time at the legendary Maple Leaf Gardens. First, on September 7, 1964, and then a year apart on August 17 in ’65 and ’66 (one of their final concerts). Tune in for Mike Filey’s Toronto on Sunday, August 14th at noon for his stories about these two August concerts – but in the mean time, have a peek at these photos we’ve dug up:

August 17th, 1965

A whopping $5.50 to see The Beatles in ’65! (via Rare Beatles)

A lucky find in an old photo album picked up at a garage sale (note the $5.00 price for this one – suppose the nosebleeds were 50 cents cheaper then the floor! via flickr)

Young fans camped out at the airport (via The Globe and Mail, August 17, 1965 edition)

The Fab Four at the airport (via Beatles Day By Day)

Hopefully the camped out fans caught this sight! (via Beatles Day By Day)

(via Beatles Day By Day)

(via Beatles Day By Day)

Ringo, John, Paul & George at a press conference at Maple Leaf Gardens on August 17, 1965 (via YorkSpace)

Press Conference, 1965 (via flickr)

(via flickr)

(via Capitol6000)

Fans outside Maple Leaf Gardens, as the press conference (in the photos above) takes place, August 17, 1965 (via YorkSpace)

(via YorkSpace)

Note the ambulances waiting in the foreground – you’ll see below that these were very much needed (via YorkSpace)

The name of this photo by Albert Kish is appropriately called “I want Ringo” (via Bulger Gallery)

The thought of the Fab Four was just too much for one young lady outside Maple Leaf Gardens (via YorkSpace)

(via The Star archives, August 18, 1965)

St. John’s Ambulance staff helping out more overcome Beatles fans (via YorkSpace)

(via The Star archives, August 18, 1965)

(via Beatles Day By Day)

(via Beatles Day By Day)

Setlist: Twist And Shout, She’s A Woman, I Feel Fine, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket To Ride, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Can’t Buy Me Love, Baby’s In Black, Act Naturally, A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and I’m Down.

August 17th, 1966

Still just $5.50 to see them a year later in ’66 (via Rare Beatles)

A longtime fan shows off her 1966 ticket to see The Beatles at one of Paul McCartney’s shows in Montreal last month (via Sending Postcards)

The Beatles’ press conference at the Hot Stove Lounge on August 17, 1966 (via Lost  Toronto). Click here to read a transcript of the press conference.

Poster for the August 17, 1966 show, which you can see on the wall at the press conference photos above (via Capitol6000). Click here to read about the story of the only known original of the poster resurfacing after 40 years.

The moment they’d all been waiting for: The Beatles on stage at Maple Leaf Gardens, 1966 (via flickr)

(via Beatles Day By Day)

(via Beatles Day By Day)

A fan getting a little too close for comfort for the Gardens’ security (via Beatles Day By Day)

SetlistRock And Roll Music, She’s A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Day Tripper, Baby’s In Black, I Feel Fine, Yesterday, I Wanna Be Your Man, Nowhere Man, Paperback Writer, and Long Tall Sally.

Did you attend either of these concerts? Or remember the buzz of the Fab Four just being in town? Tell us about it in the comments!

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  1. ob says:

    I was there too! I think my friends and I heard maybe the first chord and then it was mayhem!! We loved every second of the concert….just to be there.

    And I am still a huge fan! My bucket list #1 is to see Paul McCartney again. To date I have been unable to get tickets!