Tickets to the Beatles' First Show in America Were Really Cheap

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Feb. 10 2014 11:31 AM

Tickets to the Beatles' First Show in America Were Really Cheap

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I'm gonna want more than $30.

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It will be 50 years ago tomorrow that the Beatles played their first show on U.S. soil at the Washington Coliseum, a now-abandoned hockey arena in what's currently known as NoMa here in D.C.* Tickets were cheap:

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Adjusting for inflation, those tickets ranged in price from $15 to $30. These days $30 will get you in to see St. Vincent at the 9:30 Club but prices to see Kings of Leon at the Verizon Center start at about $60.

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*Correction, Feb. 10, 2014: The original version of this post misdated the Beatles concert to Feb. 10, 1964, rather than Feb. 11.

Matthew Yglesias is the executive editor of Vox and author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.