Rex Rutkoski remembers The Beatles’ only appearance in Pittsburgh Janice â€œJanaâ€ Frazier and her â€œbest everâ€ friend, Judi Connell, could barely sit still on the long trolley ride to the Civic Arena from Castle Shannon. They stood up; they sat down; they hugged each other, pinched each other, danced in the aisle, slumped in the seats, even laid down. â€œWe could hardly breathe holding the tickets in our hands. I slept with them every night terrified they would get lost if they were out of my possession even for a moment,â€ Frazier recalls. â€œWe were laughing and crying on the most momentous ride of our lives.â€ It was Sept. 14, 1964, and the Beatles â€” John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, on their inaugural tour of America â€” were about to make their one and only appearance as a band in Pittsburgh.