Brothers reunite to celebrate Beatles concert anniversary

Bill, James and Mike Yarber reminisce about The Beatles concert in 1964.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It’s the 50th anniversary of quite possibly the biggest day in Indiana State Fair history. It was September 3rd, 1964 when The Beatles entertained 30,000 people in Indianapolis. Wednesday, three brothers decided to make it a point to ‘Come Together’ to celebrate the 50th anniversary.

“Just to sit here without talking and let our minds imagine,” Bill Yarber said as he and his brothers, James and Mike, claim their seats in the Grand Stand, just like they did 50 years ago.

“To be 50 years later, we’re still alive, so that’s important,” Mike said.

The Beatles arrived in Indianapolis with a fury of fan attention back in 1964. They first took the stage at the Coliseum and later playing a second show in the Grand Stand. And while the show in the Coliseum was more documented, the memories for the Yarber brothers are crystal clear.

“Girls screamed at everything. They come up there and straighten up an instrument and they would scream or do something with an amp.  A car would drive up back here they would scream,” Mike said.

Mike is the baby brother, just 11 when he attended the concert. James at 26 purchased the tickets and says while ‘money can’t buy me love’ the ticket was just three bucks.

“It’s a great memory. A special memory to have especially with all three of us going,” Bill said.

And even after 50 years, being in the exact spot where that memory was made, brings back excitement for these brothers.

“Wow, we’re here again. I just can’t believe right there on that stage were The Beatles,” Mike said.

The Yarber brothers say they hope to come back here on the 75th anniversary of the concert as well.

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