THE BEATLES TOURING years are the subject of a new film, Eight Days A Week, and its first trailer can be watched below.
Premiering in cinemas on September 15, the Fab Four’s time on the road between 1962 and 1966 come into focus in the documentary directed by Ron Howard that has been made with the full co-operation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.
According to a statement the film will “focus on the time period from the early Beatles’ journey in the days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966” mixing new interviews and archive footage.
The Beatles established a fearsome reputation in their early years as a live band. Frank Allen from fellow beat combo Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers remembers a magisterial Beatle set in Hamburg, 1962. “We may have been all around the same age but we were boys while the Beatles were men,” he told Beatle authority Mark Lewisohn. “They exuded a natural power and charisma.”
Yet the insane success that greeted them from 1963 onwards made it more and more difficult for The Beatles to enjoy touring or – as the sound of their tiny amps was swamped by the unhinged screaming of fans – playing live, and the pressure built until they were forced give up live work. The decision made room for more experimentation in the studio, but the curtailment of the simple pleasures of playing music live with one another arguably exacerbated the intra-band alienation that led to the group’s splintering between 1968 and 1970.
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years will have its world premiere at London’s Leicester Square, before being made available for release.
Watch the trailer below now and visit www.thebeatleseightdaysaweek.com for more information.