On February 11, 1964, two days after their earth-shattering appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, the Beatles played their first concert in the U.S.
The show took place at Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C. This rare show is included in the new documentary The Beatles: The Lost Concert which will be shown on May 17 and May 22 at select theaters in North America.
Screenvision, in partnership with Ace Arts and producer Iambic Media, brings this 92-minute documentary to the screen which tells the story of their historic arrival in America and the impact they had through new interviews with more than 20 Beatles’ associates, journalists, disc jockeys, concert attendees, historians and music luminaries along with archival footage of the Fab Four. The list includes Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, rock pioneer Chuck Berry, super producer Mark Ronson, journalists Maureen Cleave, Larry Kane and Ed Rudy, concert promoter Sid Bernstein, Beatle George’s sister Louise Harrison, The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. and Nick Valensi, chart-topping U.K. songstress Duffy, renown Beatles historian Bruce Spizer, and Mike Mitchell, whose recently unearthed photos of the event.
On February 11, 1964, The Beatles traveled by train through a snowstorm to Washington, D.C. to perform their first-ever concert before an American audience at The Washington Coliseum, before an overbooked audience of 8,092 screaming (mostly female) teenagers. Their 12-song set that lasted a little over a half-hour and included both chart-topping originals like She Loves You and high-energy covers like Twist and Shout. Professionally filmed by an eight-camera crew and mixed live on location, the show was broadcast a month later via closed-circuit to movie theaters across America to two million teenagers. The film of the concert was then lost and remained unseen in its entirety by audiences for over 47 years. The original master tapes have now been restored and re-mastered and the entire concert, the ONLY complete Beatles concert available to fans, is included in The Beatles: The Lost Concert.
To learn more about the film, go to lostbeatlesconcert.com. To see a list of theaters that are showing the film, go to screenvision.com/cinema-events/the-beatles-the-lost-concert/
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