During the day the police drove a riot bus several times between the Sheraton-Cleveland and the concert venue. Fans initially thought The Beatles were inside, but quickly realised it was a decoy. However, just before showtime The Beatles left the hotel inside, fooling the fans gathered outside.
At the Public Auditorium a police line of over 100 people attempted to keep the fans from the stage, but was slowly pushed back by the crowds. Eventually a handful broke through the cordon and climbed onto the stage. Concerned at The Beatles' safety, Inspector Michael Blackwell and Deputy Inspector Carl Bare decided to stop the concert.
Bare walked onto the stage and took a microphone, telling the crowd that the show was over and to sit down. At the time The Beatles were performing All My Loving, and continued to play despite the police wishes. Blackwell also arrived onstage and gestured to The Beatles to stop performing. They reluctantly put down their instruments and temporarily left the stage, amid the sound of booing fans.
In their dressing room backstage, John Lennon told Art Schreiber from local radio station KYW: "This has never happened to us before. We have never had a show stopped. These policemen are a bunch of amateurs." An angry Brian Epstein nonetheless put up a diplomatic front, saying "The police were absolutely right. This has never happened before, but it was clear to me from the start that there was something very wrong. The enthusiasm of the crowd was building much too early."
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.