Letter to the Editor

by Staff
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2001 LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL To the editor: In 1964, I was one of the attendees at the Beatles concert here.  How I happened to be there was similar to how I ended up at many headliner shows, such as Bobby Darin, Bill Cosby, Jack Jones, Steve and Edie and many others […]
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2001
LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL

To the editor:

In 1964, I was one of the attendees at the Beatles concert here.  How I happened to be there was similar to how I ended up at many headliner shows, such as Bobby Darin, Bill Cosby, Jack Jones, Steve and Edie and many others – there just were not enough tourists to fill them.

Las Vegas in the 1960’s was a very small town.  There would never have been enough kids of high rollers to fill the Convention Center rotunda.  My father worked for Chester Simms at the Flamingo as a floorman.  The day of the concert, they had not sold enough tickets so my dad called and asked us to gather up enough kids to attend.  We had balcony seating and although, naive 13 year old that I was, I knew nothing of the Beatles, I listened to what music I could through the screams of other kids.

The Beatles were certainly an event we would never forget.  To this day, I am still amazed there was ever a Beatles concert in Las Vegas.  I am saddened to hear George Harrison is dead.  It brings the shortness of our lives to the forefront.  He certainly lived a productive and memorable life.

LILIAM SHELL
LAS VEGAS

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