"Twenty-four thousand screaming fans couldn't be wrong. But what they didn't realize on that late August evening was that the Beatles didn't want to be there, that the band couldn't hear itself enough to sing on-key, and that this would be the last Beatles concert ever."
|Lower Stand Admission||Purple||$ 4.50||most common variation|
|Upper Stand Reserved||Green (dark)||$ 4.50||somewhat common|
|Upper Stand Box||Teal||$ 4.50||scarce|
|White (no color)||Bleacher||$ 4.50||somewhat scarce|
|Lower Stand Reserved||Brown||$ 5.50||scarce|
|Horseshoe Reserved||Yellow||$ 6.50||scarce|
|Lower Stand Box||Orange||$ 6.50||scarce|
|Upper Stand Box||Blue (royal)||$ 6.50||very scarce|
|Listed and pictured above are all 8 known color variations of tickets from the Beatles' last live concert in America. Due to low print quality, fading and aging of many tickets, there are shade "variations" of the above colors. Unused Candlestick tickets are very common, as several hundred were turned up via the original promoters in the early 1990s. However, any of the three different $6.50 variations are very scarce and rarely turn up. There also is a unique promotional variation with a special punch hole. The company which printed the Candlestick tickets closed its doors in 1991 and was bought out by a Canadian company.
This was the Beatles' last concert tour appearance ever, a 33-minute performance at San Francisco's Candlestick Park on Monday August 29, 1966. The Park's capacity was 42,500 but the Beatles only filled 25,000 seats, leaving entire sections of unsold seats.
Tempo Productions, which promoted the Candlestick Park show, was owned by Bobby Mitchell and Tom Donohue (aka "Big Daddy"), both popular KYA disc jockeys. In the summer of 1965 they had received a verbal agreement to promote the Beatles' two 1965 Cow Palace shows, but the contract was for some reason given to a San Jose promoter named Paul Cattallano. Tempo immediately took legal action against the Beatles for breach of contract, serving them a summons via a process server at the Hollywood Bowl the day before the Cow Palace Shows. Eventually an agreement was worked out between the Beatles and Tempo's lawyers in which Tempo would promote the group's return engagement at Candlestick Park in 1966.
|Year||1966||Late 1970s||Late 1980s||Early 1990s||1992||1990s/2000s||1990s/2000s|
|Size||18-3/4 x 26-1/2"||18-3/4 x 26-1/2"||18-3/4 x 26-1/2"||18-3/4 x 26-1/2"||23-3/4 x 32-1/2"||14 x 22||14 x 22|
Shown above, the Beatles 1966 San Francisco Bay Area Ticket-Contest Poster. A fun and unusual 1966 Day-Glo contest poster to win tickets to the Beatles' final concert ever, at San Francisco's Candlestick Park, on Monday, August 29, 1966. This sign was used in San Jose, California, about an hour south of San Francisco. This small poster was made on rigid cardboard and printed with a bright, rich, Day-Glo orange color. Very cool and unusual hand-drawn portraits were used to portray George, John, Ringo and Paul. The poster measures 11" x 14".
It's not clear who was arranging this ticket give-away, but the Beatles' final concert did not sell out, so the promoter may have seen the value in giving away 25 pairs of tickets at the last minute in the hopes of selling hundreds more through the contest's publicity and exposure. This poster is currently up for bid via Heritage Auctions with a bid deadline of early May, 2021.
For more information on The Beatles' last concert, look for the book Tomorrow Never Knows: The Beatles' Last Concert, an excellent 100 page book covering the historic last show at Candlestick Park. Published in 1987 by Terra Firma Books in San Francisco. Written by Eric Lefcowitz, with photos by Jim Marshall.