BOOK A LECTURE!

CHUCK GUNDERSON DELIVERS A RIVETING ONE HOUR
MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION ABOUT THE BEATLES'
1964, 1965 OR 1966 NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER
TOURS!

Chuck Gunderson speaks at the Las Vegas Convention Center on the occasion of the 50th anniversary
of the Beatles' concert at the venue.

 

A lecture on the 1964 North American tour presented

by Chuck Gunderson at the Woody Guthrie Center

in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Learn how The Beatles changed the rock and roll touring industry with their groundbreaking, earthshaking, moneymaking tour of the United States and Canada where they performed 32 shows in just 33 days!  Chuck will cover the intricate role that Beatles manager Brian Epstein played and the risks and rewards involved in planning this monumental tour.  You'll trail the group from coast to coast as Chuck describes in detail the cheeky quotes delivered at the press conferences and the mayhem that followed them to each city.  You'll also hear the story about one flamboyant promoter who paid over five times their normal fee to convince them to play in his city.  Chuck will describe the venues, examine the contract riders and even discuss the support acts that warmed up the crowd prior to the Beatles' set. Feast your eyes on rare footage, including interviews of the group that changed the face of music forever!

Olympia Stadium,  Detroit, September 6, 1964

LECTURE 2:  THE 1965 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

 

 

 

 

 

This talk begins as the Beatles' plane lands at JFK Airport in New York City, beginning yet another conquest of North America.  This time, the Beatles arrive as genuine superstars, with larger stadiums booked to satisfy the ever-growing hordes of fans wanting to see them.  Chuck will talk about the massive concert at New York's Shea Stadium, where the group broke all records for both attendance and gross monies earned – a landmark event which ushered in the modern outdoor stadium show.  While the 1965 tour was much shorter than the previous tour of America, manager Brian Epstein made as much money for the group in only half the time!  Ride along with the band as they encounter an angry police chief in Minneapolis, a dangerous engine fire as their flight approaches Portland, Oregon, and a comely Chicago model-turned-TV hostess called "Winky the Weather Bunny".  Learn that while they were the biggest musical act on the planet, they still needed to be herded into the back of a dirty freight truck for the ride back to the airport at the end of the tour.  The lecture concludes with

a video of the Shea Stadium performance and the now-road-weary group performing "Help!" – perhaps an omen of things to come.

White Sox Park,  Chicago, August 20, 1965

LECTURE 3:  THE 1966 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Candlestick Park,  San Francisco, August 29, 1966

"We're more popular than Jesus..."   With this statement to a reporter in his native England,  John Lennon set off a firestorm in the United States. 

As the group prepared for what would be their final tour of North America, his seemingly flippant comment offended parents, city officials and religious leaders, all of whom called for a boycott of the group.  Manager Brian Epstein flew to the States ahead of the tour to quell the controversy while considering the possibility of canceling the entire tour. Chuck will discuss Lennon's statement and the subsequent apology he made to win back fans and sell tickets.  The end of their touring days drew near as the group kicked off the tour in Chicago and played their last-ever live show a mere two weeks later on the cold, windswept stage of San Francisco's Candlestick Park (August 29, 1966).  Hear about the death threats, the Ku Klux Klan protests, firecrackers tossed onstage at their feet, and the only rainout in Beatles touring history. As always, rare footage and sound clips will bring this important history alive and help you understand why the  Beatles' North American tours held so much importance for all the performers who followed.

 

LECTURE 4:  THE TOUR CITY OF YOUR CHOICE

Did the Beatles play in your city? Did they play in your state?  Chuck can customize his lecture to pinpoint specific concerts and cities from any of the group's three North American tours (1964, 1965 or 1966).  His lecture can be timed to commemorate the concert's anniversary or simply detail what most people would consider to be a cultural milestone in their local history.  While the first three lectures cover entire tours, this one focuses on specific cities and dates, dissecting their visit in vivid detail. You'll hear all about the Beatles' stop in your city – the pre-tour negotiations and planning, the group's airport arrival, their ride to the hotel,  the fan frenzy, their trip to the concert venue, the press conference, the concert itself, their escape from the venue and the aftermath of their visit.  Chuck's riveting, relatable and entertaining style of storytelling will take audience members back to those moments and put them front and center amid the mayhem that surrounded the Beatles in virtually every tour city.  If you see your city in the tour-by-tour listing below, then this may very well be the lecture for your organization or school.

1964 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

San Francisco, August 19

Las Vegas, August 20

Seattle, August 21

Vancouver, August 22

Los Angeles, August 23

Denver, August 26

Cincinnati, August 27

New York, August 28

New York, August 29

Atlantic City, August 30

Philadelphia, September 2

Indianapolis, September 3

Milwaukee, September 4

 

Chicago, September 5
Detroit, September 6

Toronto, September 7

Montreal, September 8

Jacksonville, September 11

Boston, September 12

Baltimore, September 13

Pittsburgh, September 14

Cleveland, September 15

New Orleans, September 16

Kansas City, September 17

Dallas, September 18

New York, September 20

 

 

1965 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Portland, August 22

San Diego, August 28

Los Angeles, August 29

Los Angeles, August 30

San Francisco, August 31

 

 

New York, August 15

Toronto, August 17

Atlanta, August 18

Houston, August 19

Chicago, August 20

Minneapolis, August 21

 

 

1966 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Chicago, August 12

Detroit, August 13

Cleveland, August 14

Washington, D.C., August 15

Philadelphia, August 16

Toronto, August 17

Boston, August 18

Memphis, August 19

 

 

Cincinatti, August 20

Cincinatti, August 21

St. Louis, August 21

New York, August 23

Seattle, August 25

Los Angeles, August 28

San Francisco, August 29

 

 

INTERESTED IN SCHEDULING A LECTURE? 
EMAIL CHUCK FOR DETAILS AT

chuck@gundersonmediallc.com