Bobby Hebb, the Remains, the Cyrkle and the Ronettes all perform; the Beatles postpone Saturday night show due to rain; perform in Cincinnati on Sunday the 21st.
The Beatles were due to have played an open-air show at Cincinnati's Crosley Field on this day. However, the promoter failed to provide a cover for the group, and heavy rain began shortly before they were due to take the stage.
The support acts on The Beatles' final tour were The Remains, Bobby Hebb, The Cyrkle and The Ronettes. The downpour began after each of the acts had completed their sets. The promoter originally insisted that The Beatles should perform, but they refused unless he could guarantee their safety.
In Cincinnati on August 20, torrential rain caused the cancellation of the show at Crosley Field Stadium, the first and only time this happened during The Beatles' touring years. The decision to put off the boys' appearance was taken when Mal [Evans] was thrown several feet across the stage while plugging into a wet amplifier. We were advised that touching any of the stage's rain-soaked electrical equipment could be lethal so Brian Epstein had no option but to call off the concert.
John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me
Today in Music History, August 20!
August 20, 1966 -Touring the United States for the last time, The Beatles were forced to cancel and reschedule their performance at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field – an open-air stadium. Heavy rain with no cover over the stage area made electrocution a virtual certainty id they has attempted to perform.
Two songs in particular hastened the groups decision the touring had to end. Here’s what Paul McCartney and George Harrison said about them, and the group they worried was musically breathing down their necks.
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