WILLIAMSPORT — Beatlemania continues in our area in the wake of the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s appearance on the Ed Sullivan show.
Ringo Starr’s tour will make a stop this summer in Williamsport.
The tickets went on sale Friday morning people lined up bright and early to get their tickets.
More than 100 people filled the lobby of the Community Arts Center in Williamsport to buy tickets to see Ringo Starr.
“This is pretty big for me. If you’re a Beatles fan and never saw any of them. The closest I ever came was I saw the group called Rain,” said Bob Hemrick, referring to a Beatles tribute band.
Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band are scheduled to come to Williamsport on June 8.
From 9 a.m. until 10 a.m., the tickets were only available at the arts center box office on West Fourth Street. Some people say they started waiting in line at 3 a.m.
Williamsport is Ringo Starr’s only tour stop in Pennsylvania and with just 2,200 seats inside the theater, people say they wanted to make sure they got their tickets right away.
“I can’t believe he’s coming to Williamsport! To see Ringo here? I just wish I got up two hours earlier to be closer in line,” said Tom Kammerling of Cogan Station.
Kammerling saw Paul McCartney in concert in Washington D.C. last summer and says he would not miss seeing Ringo in his own backyard.
“To come to Williamsport is beyond belief!” he said.
“I think that’s pretty great. When you think of their notoriety back in the 60s, actually in ’64 when they first came. I remember seeing them when I was a kid on the Ed Sullivan Show,” said Tony Visco of Hughesville.
“(I’ve been a Beatles fan) basically my whole life!” said Jim Hepler.
“I saw him back in ’88 or ’89 in Long Beach with his All Starr Band and it was a great show. I’m looking forward to seeing him again,” said Mike Engel of Waterville.
Employees at the Community Arts Center say tickets for Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band sold out in just a few hours.