Atlanta is a great city for all sorts of music. Whether it be hip-hop, rock or country. The city has been hosting iconic performers for many years, and some of the most famous musicians having the world have graced the stages of Atlanta. Check out some of the most memorable moments in Atlanta’s music history!
Beatles in 1965
On August 18, 1965, the Beatles made an appearance in Atlanta. The Beatles played only nine shows in the North American tour, and Atlanta was lucky enough to have the famously popular group play at Atlanta Stadium.
To the Beatles’ surprise, they could actually hear their own voices over the screaming of fans. They had become accustomed to their music being drowned out by the audience.
Paul McCartney was delighted, and the Beatles plugged in and played hits such as “I Feel Fine” and “Can’t Buy Me Love.” This would be the one and only time the Beatles graced Atlanta with their presence.
Outkast reunited in 2014 for the ATLiens tour. On September 27th, they played at Centennial Park in Atlanta for a three-day festival. This was a bittersweet homecoming for Atlantians, as Outkast hails from the southern city.
They are arguably the most famous hip-hop act to come out of the South. With a 20-year career under their belt, this could very well be the last time Outkast toured, and the last time they ever played Atlanta. Fans showed up in droves to support the group in their native city.
Bob Dylan at the Omni
Bob Dylan is an iconic performer. In January of 1974, he entertained Atlanta with a two-day stopover, playing shows at the Omni. What makes this such a memorable moment in Atlanta concert history? Governor of Georgia, and soon-to-be President, Jimmy Carter was in the audience!
Governor Carter invited Dylan and The Band back to the Governor’s Mansion. Dylan however, did not party. He only accepted orange juice to drink and ate only vegetables at dinner.
Garth Brooks Personal Best
When Garth Brooks announced his Atlanta show, tickets immediately sold out. Luckily for fans, the country star added more shows to his Atlanta stop at Philips Arena: seven altogether to be exact. This was record-breaking for Brooks, as he had never sold so many tickets in Atlanta before.
This was also a new record for Atlanta music: no artist had ever sold so many consecutive shows! The previous best was the king himself, Elvis, who previously held the record at four consecutive shows.