The Beatles: Eight Days a Week- The Touring Years

(Rochester, NY) – Academy Award®-winner Ron Howard’s authorized and highly acclaimed Emmy® Award and GRAMMY Award®-winning documentary film about The Beatles’ phenomenal early career, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week- The Touring Years, premieres Saturday, November 25, 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The documentary is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. Stay tuned after the broadcast for a special half-hour Beatles tribute concert with Rochester’s own Jane Mutiny and special musical guests.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week- The Touring Year explores how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, “The Beatles.”  It reveals their inner workings – how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together – all the while, exploring The Beatles’ extraordinary and unique musical gifts and their remarkable, complementary personalities. The film focuses 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. 

The Beatles began touring Europe in late 1963, after an extraordinary arrival on the British scene in 1961 and ‘62.  However, it was their much-heralded “Ed Sullivan Show” appearance on February 9, 1964, that caused The Beatles’ popularity to explode. By June, the band had commenced their first world tour, and continued on a relentless schedule for two subsequent years. By the time the band stopped touring in August of 1966, they had performed 166 concerts in 15 countries and 90 cities around the world. The cultural phenomenon their touring helped create, known as “Beatlemania,” was something the world had never seen before and laid the foundation for the globalization of culture.

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and numerous prominent observers. The film captures the exhilaration of The Beatles’ phenomenal rise to fame as well as the toll it eventually took on the band’s members, prompting them to stop touring and devote their prodigious musical talents to their groundbreaking studio recordings.

The film features rare and never-before-seen archival footage of shows and interviews, plus new interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and numerous prominent observers. The film captures the exhilaration of The Beatles’ phenomenal rise to fame as well as the toll it eventually took on the band’s members, prompting them to stop touring and devote their prodigious musical talents to their groundbreaking studio recordings.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week- The Touring Year repeats Sunday, November 26 at 5 p.m. and Thursday, November 30 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 2 at 12 p.m. on WXXI-TV. 

The Beatles at the Washington Coliseum, February 1964.
Credit: Courtesy of © Apple Corps Ltd.

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