Becky Peters was 15 when The Beatles performed at Dodger Stadium in 1966 — and she wasn't anywhere in the crowd.
“My parents wouldn't let me go,” she said.
Now at 63 years old, the Downey native wasn't going to miss out on another historic performance.
Former Beatles front man Paul McCartney performed a sold-out concert on Sunday night as part of his Out There tour, marking his return to the iconic stadium since The Beatles' penultimate concert on Aug. 28, 1966.
“Dodger Stadium? I haven't been here for a while,” McCartney said, pausing to listen to the sound of more than 50,000 cheering fans.
Then he said, “When we were last here, we probably did this next song,” as he went right into “All My Loving.”
As promised, McCartney performed a much longer set than the 27-minute Beatles show 48 years ago. During the nearly three-hour concert, McCartney performed one song shy of 40 hits, taking fans down memory lane from his days with The Beatles and Wings to tracks off his 16th studio album, “New,” like “Queenie Eye” (inspired by a game he played as a child) and “Everybody Out There.”
The 72-year-old rarely took breaks — if only to tell hilarious stories about his legendary friends like the late Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison. Even nearing 11:30 p.m., McCartney was just as spry as a teenager, shaking his bum a few times for the ladies.
“It's amazing to be back in Dodger Stadium. It's pretty difficult to think we played here in 1966,” McCartney told the crowd. “And you know what? There are few people in the audience who were here in 1966. Come on girls, let's hear the screams!”
Cathy Brocker was just one of those girls caught up in Beatlemania.
The now 62-year-old La Quinta resident was 15 when her parents drove from their Redlands home to drop her off at Dodger Stadium.
“In 1966, they didn't play nearly as long... but it was glorious,” she recalled.
Brocker remembered sending $6 to Casey Kasem's show “Shebang” for the concert ticket.
“I was sitting right above the third base dugout and the stage was actually at second base. It was magical beyond belief,” Brocker said.
Returning to the stadium, with floor seats this time, Brocker said it wasn't any less magical — even if she didn't get on stage like the mother-daughter duo picked from the crowd to get an autograph.
From the firework show during the 1973 Wings song “Live and Let Die,” to the moving song “My Valentine,” written for his wife, Nancy, featuring Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp signing the lyrics on the jumbo screens, McCartney's show was an emotional roller coaster for fans.
“I cried through just about all the show, but they were happy tears,” Brocker said.
As expected, McCartney performed timeless Beatles hits from “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Hey Jude” and “The End,” which aptly closed out the night after two encores.
His Beatles-heavy set appropriately comes on the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' landfall in the United States, part of the history-making British Invasion that brought other rock great like The Rolling Stones.
“I remember watching The Beatles on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show' on our mini black and white TV,” said Al Rossi, referring to The Beatles' American live television debut in 1964.
The 60-year-old San Fernando Valley native now lives in Bakersfield, but made the trek to his old stomping grounds for the momentous night.
“And oh boy, was it worth it,” Rossi said after the show. “He's just an amazing performer. There's just no other way to say it. He has an unbelievable repertoire of songs.”
McCartney continues his Out There tour, traveling to Phoenix's U.S. Airways Center on Aug. 12 and San Francisco on Aug. 14 for a show at Candlestick Park before the stadium is demolished. Candlestick was the last American venue The Beatles performed as a band before retiring in August 1966.
“I was so excited. I'm still excited. I'm beyond excited,” Brocker said, as giddy as the 15-year-old she was when she first caught the young Beatle nearly five decades ago. “He's still so amazing after all these years.”
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