Friday, August 21, 2009

The Beatles first trip to Seattle, 45 years ago - Edgewater Hotel hosts tribute

It was 45 years ago when The Beatles made their first-ever appearance in Seattle, performing at the then-Seattle Coliseum and staying overnight at the now-legendary Edgewater Hotel (

Some of us weren't even born yet when the Fab Four cannon-balled to worldwide fame back in the early 60s, yet ask older family members and they might reveal stories of dancing to "Twist and Shout" on their prom night or jamming to "I Want to Hold Your Hand" en route to the nearest drive-in movie.

The Beatles shared one room at the Edgewater Hotel, located on the Seattle waterfront - suite 272 - and to this day, it draws fans from all over the globe. In fact, a phone call made to hotel management this morning confirms the second floor room is occupied for the night.

For those wanting to celebrate the 45th anniversary of The Beatles visit to the Emerald City, and specifically anyone that might resemble John, Paul, George or Ringo, the Edgewater Hotel is hosting a look-alike contest tonight in their lobby lounge, beginning at 9pm. It's free of charge, but seating is on a first come-first serve basis - so arrive early to be part of the wild fun, and know that 45 years ago on this exact day The Beatles had pleasant dreams - and stuck fishing poles out of their window - at this very spot.

Watch a short documentary on The Beatles inaugural visit to Seattle here: