Fifty-seven years ago, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney performed their one and only Pittsburgh show at the Civic Arena.
Thousands of shrieking teenage girls made more noise than the chartered Lockheed Electra that delivered the Fab Four to Greater Pittsburgh Airport on Monday, Sept. 14, 1964. First off the plane was Ringo Starr, who spoke briefly with KDKA-TV reporter Al McDowell as someone inexplicably tossed tomatoes at the band.
It had been that kind of tour for the Beatles, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Crazy, unpredictable, playful, a hint of anarchy and danger in the air. And flying food. Mostly it was jelly beans, but in Chicago a week earlier, a frozen T-bone steak hurled at the stage nearly clobbered Paul.”