If you're working Paul McCartney, plan to go vegan

The Beatles at Dodger Stadium in 1966.

Paul McCartney is returning to Dodger Stadium on Sunday, performing where the Beatles held their second-to-last concert in August 1966. In preparation for the event, stage workers were advised by Local 33 of The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees that they won't be enjoying any Dodger Dogs because McCartney is vegan.

Paul McCartney is a 100% Vegan and the Paul McCartney Concert will be at Dodger Stadium in August 2014. Local 33 has been notified by the company that “NO ONE” is to bring meat of any kind to this event during the time that this concert is in this Venue. If you do want to bring food (meat of any kind) with you, you should make arrangements to eat it elsewhere. Thank you very much for your co-operation.

Mark Madrigal
Business Representative, Theatre
IATSE Local 33

Turns out, however, that advice was a tad aggressive. IATSE has since posted a clarification that ratchets back the tone a bit.

Local 33 would like to apologize for the partial information previously posted regarding the upcoming Paul McCartney event at Dodger Stadium.

Regarding Food Preparation:

There will be elaborate catering at this event, but it will be a Vegan menu only. If you wish to have something different, please make prior arrangements. Also let it be known, that all previous events that Paul McCartney has been a part of, has been treated in this same manner and we are sure that any future events will probably be treated the same way.

Speaking of the Beatles at Dodger Stadium, the Sunday night concert on Aug. 28, 1966 was the third Los Angeles appearance by the band to be promoted by then-KRLA deejay Bob Eubanks. The first two were at the Hollywood Bowl, during visits that included the backyard party I wrote about earlier this year (and last year.) The Dodger Stadium performance got a little wild, per a story this week by the Ventura County Star.

At the Hollywood Bowl concerts, The Beatles were able to slip out through the guarded backstage exit, Eubanks said. But at Dodger Stadium there was no secure retreat. The Fab Four were completely out in the open, with 45,000 pairs of eyes trained on their every move. A 6-foot-tall stage was set up at second base. Behind it was an enclosed tent that housed the Lincoln. As soon as The Beatles played the last note of “Long Tall Sally,” they were to race offstage, head for the tent, dive into the car and be whisked out of the stadium through a center field gate before fans could get out of their seats and catch them.

“I’m onstage after the show saying, ‘The Beatles have left,’ ‘The Beatles have left,’ and everyone in the stadium is laughing at me,” Eubanks told The Star in 20111. “I turn around and here comes the Lincoln back in and it’s limping. There were 10,000 kids waiting for them outside the center field bleachers.”


“Lennon was furious. Just furious,” Eubanks said. “They wanted to go to a party. It got nasty, it really did.” After several minutes of feverish brainstorming, Eubanks hatched a new plan. He’d get the band out the same way he got them into the stadium — hidden in an armored car.

Good idea, except … “Somebody let the air out of the tires during the concert,” Eubanks said. “So the armored car had taken off to the 76 station down the street.”

More complications ensued, as the story covers.

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Isolated Beatles vocal tracks: 'Words don't do justice'
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