A Hard Nights Day
The Irish Rover
8:30 PM - 12:15 AM
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Hard Night's Day
by Paul Ridenour
Pictures of the band and friends/fans
It was 40 years ago today, September 18, 1964, that the Beatles did their one and only concert in Dallas at the Dallas Memorial Auditorium. The ticket prices were $2.50 to $5.50, lasted 30 minutes, and was seen by 10,500 people.
Because of this special day, A Hard Night's Day (HND) fan Dimi decided to make the night a little more special. She invited some media folks and I believe that ESPN was there.
Dimi decided to decorate the restaurant with balloons and made a collage of HND pictures. She also came up with passing out toy tambourines with the HND logo and putting some CDs under random chairs. Mike, the band's official video photographer, purchased the "Abbey Road" CD and two Beatles DVDs. I purchased four CDs - Abbey Road, A Hard Day's Night, Sgt. Pepper's, and the Beatles One. Dimi placed the items under the chairs before the crowd gathered.
Fifteen minutes before the band began, Dimi and I passed out 15 tambourines, 15 pairs of drumsticks, and 15 egg shakers to 15 tables in the main restaurant area.
The audience played their tambourines, shakers, and hit their sticks together the entire evening. It was quite hilarious. They all played during "And I Love Her" which does not require any tambourine or shaker. When HND bassist Mark announced there were some gifts under the chairs, those who got them were quite excited. There was some hootin' and hollerin' going on. One young boy was playing air drums most of the evening. I asked a couple if they would forfeit their drumsticks so I could give them to the kid. They agreed of course and who knows, maybe the kid will grow up to be the next Neil Peart.
A Hard Night's Day performed their first set and then after the break, came out and did the eleven songs the Beatles performed in Dallas. Guitarist Bob was very funny with his British accent pretending to be the Beatles and thanking "Ron Chapman" for introducing them. When Bob said the next song will be sung by Paul, Mark replied "I'm Mark, but my real name is John." Bob also said that "I think our fans did all of this so that we could do Long Tall Sally, which we have never done before." They did a good job and Mark sang it like McCartney.
An unwritten rule in the bathroom is that guys do not talk to each other and of course never look at each other. During a break, I was standing at the urinal and the guy next to me was singing a Beatles' song. I started singing harmony with him. I thought to myself "I cannot believe I am singing with a guy in the bathroom." It sounded great though. I was thinking about the 50% statistic of people who do not wash their hands after using the bathroom. I witnessed three guys who left without washing their hands. I was thinking about telling the guy beside me about this 50% statistic and then he walked out without washing his hands. The first thing they touch is the bathroom door on their way out. The dirtiest part of a person - the hands. At work, the keyboard and phone are bad. And of course, there is dirty money.
One of the best highlights of the evening was during the end of the third set, when a waitress requested the band do "Birthday" for a girl who turned 23 today. The birthday girl, Lizzie, got up on stage and played the tambourine like a maniac. It was hysterical. The band was laughing most of the time and guitarist Paul said "We haven't seen someone play the tambourine that well in a long time."
I think it will be a night that the audience will not soon forget.
The only complaint I have is that the Irish Rover should turn off the TV sets hanging from the ceiling on each side of the stage. It was difficult seeing girly-man Patrick Swayze in the movie "Road House." I've never seen it but with the sound down, the acting, fighting, and plot looked really bad.
A Hard Night's Day deviated somewhat from their set list and did not do a fourth set. I have the original set list below:
Hold Me Tight
Roll Over Beethoven (skipped until the Dallas show)
Thank You Girl
I Feel Fine
Tell Me Why (one of my favorites)
You're Going To Lose That Girl
She's A Woman
Do You Want To Know A Secret
Please Mr. Postman
I Wanna Be Your Man
Rock And Roll Music
When I Get Home
Beatles - 1964 Dallas Show
Twist And Shout
You Can't Do That
She Loves You
Things We Said Today
Can't Buy Me Love
Roll Over Beethoven
All My Loving
If I Fell
A Hard Day's Night
Long Tall Sally
Here Comes The Sun (one of my wife Dottie's
Tell Me Why (played it on first set or here)
One After 909
All I've Got To Do
And I Love Her
Till There Was You
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
Across The Universe (one of Dottie's favorites)
Two of Us (one of my favorites)
Words Of Love
If I Needed Someone
Every Little Thing
We Can Work It Out (one of my favorites)
The Bight Before
You Really Got A Hold On Me
In My Life
Don't Let Me Down
The Ballad Of John and Yoko (thanks guys again for letting me play the maracas)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (don't think they played this one)
With A Little Help From My Friends (don't think they played this one)
Something (one of Dottie's favorites and one of the best melodic bass lines of all time) - see video
Birthday (added here for birthday girl Lizzie) - see video
A Day In The Life (my favorite but they did not play it)
Hey Bulldog (don't think they played this one)
Let It Be
Back In The USSR
Ticket To Ride
Eight Days A Week
I Should Have Known Better
When I Get Home
It Won't Be Long
I'm A Loser
Please Please Me
Leave My Kitten Alone
I Want To Hold Your Hand (I believe they did this song towards the end)
Leave My Kitten Alone
I Saw Her Standing There
Mark Ehmann and Carter Livingston