In about two weeks’ time, thousands of Beatlemaniacs will trek to the Hollywood Bowl for the venue’s July 9-11 “Beatles Celebration,” with the Bowl Orchestra supporting Patti Austin, Rob Laufer, Bettye LaVette, Todd Rundgren and Brian Stokes Mitchell as they perform some Fabs material.
The Bowl’s Web site notes the event comes “[f]orty-five years after the Beatles played the Hollywood Bowl.” Not quite correct: The Fabs actually made their debut there 46 years ago, on Aug. 23, 1964, before a crowd of 18,700. Mark Lewisohn notes in “The Complete Beatles Chronicle” that the entire show was filmed by an amateur cameraman; that footage is the probable source of the murky yet entertaining clip above, which comes complete with an underscore of L.A. fans’ keening screams. You can see the ribs of the Bowl’s familiar dome behind John, Paul and George.
Six tracks recorded at the ’64 Bowl show were later combined with seven songs from the band’s Aug. 30, 1965, set there for the album “The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl,” released on LP in 1977 but never issued legitimately on CD. Are you listening, EMI?