There’s a New Beatles Movie Coming. Watch the Trailer.

The Beatles stopped touring in 1966,  but before then, they spent thousands of hours onstage, especially during their tours of duty in Hamburg between August 1960 and December 1962 in places like the Indra, the Kaiserkeller and the Star-Club along the Reeperbahn and the Grosse Freiheit. After scoring their first hits in 1963, they were on the road almost constantly, culminating with a show at Shea Stadium in New York on August 15, 1965. Some 55,000 were in attendance at what is recorded as the first-ever stadium headline gig by a rock act.

Ron Howard–yes, him–has built a documentary around these years called The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years. The theatrical debut is coming September 15. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Their prescient manager, Brian Epstein and Ed Sullivan, their biggest American booster, filmed the Shea Stadium gig using fourteen 35 mm cameras (an insane expense of the day), which was turned into a 30-minute doc.  It’s been restored and upconverted to a 4K print which will run prior to the Howard film.

Learn more here. The LA Times also has this story.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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