Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years 2016

     The Beatles seemed to come out of nowhere in the 1960’s.  This film features interviews with Paul and Ringo plus archival interviews and footage of their concerts from 1963 to 1966.  Beatlemania began to wear on them and they needed to escape from their fans in order to grow from young boys to men.  Some fans turned their backs on them when their music began to change.
     I would’ve liked more in depth interviews with McCartney and Starr about their history over the years.  How much longer will they be around to relate their stories?  It is interesting to see the changes in the group over the years.  Many of their fans didn’t want them to change in appearance or their style of writing and singing.  Many people can relate to the first time they listened or saw the Beatles.  They are a part of history.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

137 min, Doc directed by Ron Howard with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison, Brian Epstein, Larry Kane, Elvis Costello, Eddie Izzard.

Note:  Imdb 8.0 out of 10, 95% critic 89% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3 ½*, Rolling Stone 3* out of 4*.
Special Note:  When The Beatles toured in 1964 to the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.  Ringo Starr was in the hospital with tonsillitis.  Jimmy Nicol substituted for him.  There is a mistake at the concert from Shea Stadium.  George uses a 12-string guitar but there are shots of his Gretch instead.

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