The Beatles at the Civic Arena

The Beatles at the Civic Arena

Rex Rutkoski remembers The Beatles’ only appearance in Pittsburgh Janice “Jana” Frazier and her “best ever” 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. “We 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,” Frazier recalls. “We were laughing and crying on the most momentous ride of our lives.” It was Sept. 14, 1964, and the Beatles — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, on their inaugural tour of America — were about to make their one and only appearance as a band in Pittsburgh.

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By | 2014-08-31T19:19:25+00:00 August 31st, 2014|Pittsburgh Hockey Arenas|0 Comments

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