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Singer to open Beatles tribute as he did for Fabs' show 50 years ago

Tommy Roe will open a 50th anniversary tribute to the Beatles in Washington.
Tommy Roe will open a 50th anniversary tribute to the Beatles in Washington.
Beatles Yesterday & Today

Singer Tommy Roe, the opening act for the Beatles' Washington D.C. concert on Feb. 11, 1964, will open the show again at a celebration re-enacting the concert 50 years to the day, the show's sponsors, the DC Preservation League and Douglas Development announced in a press release Jan. 9.

The show, at the historic Uline Arena, later known as The Washington Coliseum, will feature the tribute band Beatlemania Now. Tickets for the show are on sale now at the show's website at $45 for general admission standing tickets and $100 for seating. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The evening will also feature live music performed by Something Wild and an exhibition of Mike Mitchell’s original Beatles photographs. (See our interview with him here.) The concert begins at the original time of 8:31 p.m. preceded by a 15-minute historic documentary featuring the history of The Washington Coliseum/Uline Arena from its concept and construction through its current and future incarnation.

The original show, on Feb.11, 1964, was attended by 8,092 screaming fans, who each paid ticket prices that ranged between $2 and $4. The audience included former Vice President Al Gore, then 16, and 18- year-old, photographer Mike Mitchell. The Beatles opened with "Roll Over Beethoven." The Chiffons, Tommy Roe, the Righteous Brothers, Caravelles, and Jay and the Americans were also on the bill.

In later years, the building fell into disrepair. The DC Preservation League included the building in its list of "Most Endangered Places for Washington” in 2003 and filed for landmark protection for the building. In 2006, the Arena was listed in the DC Inventory of Historic Sites and in the National Register of Historic Places the following year. Douglas Development purchased the Arena in 2004 and plans to bring the structure back to life as ‘The Coliseum.”

Tickets for the tribute show are on sale at the show's website.

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