I wasn’t alive when the Beatles reigned supreme, but I’ve been around long enough to realize the profound impact they made on the musical landscape. (There’s a reason, after all, that they’ve sold more than 600 million albums—the most albums sold of all-time). Starting tomorrow night, Beatles fans, sort-of fans, and about-to-be-fans can celebrate the rare and historic collection of Beatles images from the 1965 Met Stadium concert in Bloomington (their first and only Minnesota concert—at the peak of Beatlemania) that will be on free public display in the lobby arcade of W Minneapolis – The Foshay through August 3.
The photos are rare because no photographers, or fans, were permitted on the field or near the stage during that concert. The photos of John, Paul, Ringo, and George on display were shot by the Beatles tour manager, Bob Bonis. Any other images were taken from a distance and don’t capture the concert in quite the same way.
The limited archival prints are on sale, with a portion of proceeds going to support music programs in Minneapolis public schools. Collector’s items for those lucky enough to have been one of the 30,000 screaming fans at that show, or anyone who appreciates a little bit of nostalgia.
In celebration of this display, there will be a kick-off party Thursday, July 24 from 5-8 p.m., with DJ Lenka Paris spinning beats at one of the best hotels in all of Minneapolis—uniquely maintaining the history of the art-deco Foshay building while providing guests with the full W experience in a hip-and-happenin’ black, grey, and bright fuscia atmosphere. Cocktails and light bites will be available.
This is a great opportunity for Beatles fans to reminisce about yesterday, when all their troubles seemed so far away …