The Beatles at Balboa Stadium in 1965? Tony Newman shared the stage: ‘That show was something else!’

The English drum great, whose credits include David Bowie, Jeff Beck, Little Richard and many more, toured the world with the Fab Four


Tony Newman had a distinctly different vantage point than the thousands of ecstatic fans who attended The Beatles’ only San Diego concert 55 years ago this week at Balboa Stadium.

That’s because this English drum great — best known for his later work with Jeff BeckDavid Bowie and the Everly Brothers — shared the stage here with The Beatles as a member of Sounds Incorporated. Newman’s band, which began touring the world with the Fab Four in 1964, was one of the four opening acts for the Balboa Stadium concert on Aug. 28, 1965.

“That show was something else!” said the now-retired Newman, speaking from his Las Vegas home.

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