Finally – the perfect excuse for me to write a whole post about my forever favorite band.
Eight Days a Week, the new film celebrating The Beatles and how they came to be, premiered worldwide yesterday evening and it was fantastic!
Seeing the live broadcast from Leicester Square, London was a wonderful experience; especially when none other than Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr arrived on the blue carpet.
To celebrate Ron Howard’s new film, I’ve gathered a few moments from the film and put them into words.
*Cue the fan girl screams*
- In their early years as a band, The Beatles played under many different names and had a completely different look.
That all changed when Brian Epstein stepped in and changed their look from leather jackets and jeans to suits and ‘mop tops’.
2. The Fab Four’s humour shines through for a lot of the film.
Their quick, cheeky comebacks never fail to get a laugh. At one point in the film each one of them introduces himself and states what instrument he plays. George says that he plays solo guitar, and John follows by saying that he plays ‘better guitar’.
5. John remarked that The Beatles were becoming ‘more popular than Jesus’…
…which led to Beatle hate spreading like a wildfire through America -both metaphorically and literally- as radio stations actually asked people to ferry their Beatles records and merchandise to a dumping site where they would be set alight. It was pure madness.
6. The first ever non-segregated concert was one of The Beatles’ concerts on their 1964 American tour.
Upon hearing that their concert was to have the audience separated by race, the four refused to perform until they were assured that the audience would be mixed. Paul called the idea of segregation “stupid” and Ringo said that they played for all people, not for a specific race. It was a pure triumph for civil rights.
In fact, Dr. Kitty Oliver is interviewed in the film and she recalls her experience of being surrounded by white people for the first time in her life in America (it was, of course, at a Beatles concert). She says that she was afraid to even knock elbows with someone, as she had no idea how they would have reacted. It was a really moving experience for her.
7. John was the first to consider stopping going on tours.
In the film he says that when he sang Help! he truly meant it. The Beatles began to realise that with all of the fans being beaten by police as they ran on stage and all of the casualties during their concerts, it was beginning to look like a “freak show”. The fans’ hysteria was so bad that the band had to be driven away from a concert in a truck used to transport meat as it was solid and had no windows on its sides which could be smashed by the mobs.
8. In 1969, The Beatles held an impromptu concert on the rooftop of the Apple Corps headquarters.
One of their most memorable performances and -though unknown to anyone at the time- their last one as a group. People in the streets below stopped to listen to the band for a full 42-minute set, before the police asked the latter to lower the volume.
9. There is more footage after the film’s credit roll.
A full half-hour (the entire set) of remastered footage from The Beatles’ concert at Shea Stadium in 1965, to be exact. At one point when Paul starts to sing I’m Down, John suddenly stops playing his guitar and goes off into a crazy performance, reacting to the fans’ hysteria. He plays the harmonium with his elbow, and this causes George to go into a mad laughing fit, losing the ability to continue playing as well. Needless to say, the audience (both the one present at the stadium and the one at the cinema watching the film) loved every minute of it.
10. People who watched the film might have spotted their younger onscreen selves freaking out as the Beatles made an appearance.
It’s a funny thought, but could very well be a fact.
And now, 56 years after they first formed, The Beatles are still considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time…
…so much so that when Paul or Ringo are spotted in the street, all is forgotten and the hysteria returns.
Let me know what you thought of Eight Days a Week (if you’ve seen it yet) and which is your favorite Beatle song in the comment section below!
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