Before Bob Eubanks reached TV icon status for his work on game shows like the Newlywed Game and Card Sharks, as well as his work co-hosting the Tournament of Roses Parade, he was a successful rock concert promoter.
Two of his biggest successes were the Beatles’ concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and Dodger Stadium in 1966, the latter holding the distinction of being the Fab Four’s second-to-last concert in their venerable history.
Eubanks, who attended then-San Fernando Valley State College in the 1960s, remembered that frenzied, exhilarating time in an exclusive interview with KCSN’s Les Perry on his weekly program Saturday with the Beatles.
“When they did the Ed Sullivan Show our phones just went off the hook. Then when they announced they were going to tour America,” Eubanks recalled during the interview that can be found here. “I called them up and said, ‘I’ve never done a concert before, but I’ll buy the Beatles.’ I didn’t have $25,000, so I borrowed it against my house… and presented Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964.”
The interview was a precursor to the Oct. 17 return engagement of the Fab Faux, a collection of musicians dedicated to painstaking recreations of the Beatles’ legendary music. The Fab Faux performed the entire sets of the Hollywood Bowl and Dodger Stadium performances, as well as several other Beatles hits. Here are photos of Eubanks at VPAC as well as the Fab Faux performance.