The night the Beatles came to town
Feb 6 2018
Experience the thrill of Beatlemania with this extraordinary relic
It’s just after midnight. September 6, 1964.
And such is the pandemonium at Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport...
…It’s as though four Martians have just landed.
Not the scary Martians of comic books, you understand.
Four handsome, guitar-playing, mop-haired Martians.
These are the kind of Martians you scream at in delight, not fear.
- From a land no one in Detroit has ever seen
- Speaking in accents no one in Detroit has ever heard
- Playing music no one has played before
The 100-strong police detail are shocked by the girls’ behaviour. But the Beatles aren’t. They’re in the middle of their manic first US tour. 32 shows in 24 cities in 33 days.
An hour later…
And the Beatles are in their room at a secret location, Detroit’s swish Whittier Hotel.
The Beatles slept on the top floor of the Whittier Hotel
Executive suite 1566.
Just four hours ago they left the stage in Chicago.
Now the Beatles sleep.
But not for long.
Word soon spreads.
And by the morning, the pandemonium begins again.
1,000s of teenagers cram outside the hotel.
The police turn away traffic. No one is allowed in or out of the Whittier.
Everyone already inside the hotel makes it their business to head to suite 1566.
All wanting to see a Beatle. Shake hands with a Beatle. Talk to a Beatle.
And then, just after 1pm, it’s time. The Beatles take the back exit to their four waiting limos.
Paul heading to Olympia Stadium from the Whittier Hotel
If the airport and hotel were crazy, this is something else.
Outside the stadium, thousands of fans push and shove for a sight of the cars.
Inside, 15,000 teenage girls are feverish. Waiting.
At last, just after 2pm, local DJ Bob Green announces simply: “The Beatles”.
The band take to the stage. And to deafening screams, fainting and crying, they play Twist and Shout.