The Beatles are returning to theaters in a documentary film showcasing their first U.S. concert held way back in February 1964. Screenvision is set to screen The Beatles: The Lost Concert in theaters on May 17 and May 22, 2012, marking the first time in over four decades the concert will be available to fans.
Commenting on the concert footage, Aerosmith/American Idol‘s Steven Tyler stated: “This blows away every performance I’ve ever seen, including Elvis!”
In addition to the concert footage, The Beatles: The Lost Concert will feature interviews with Tyler, Joe Perry, Chuck Berry, Duffy, Mark Ronson, and promoter Sid Bernstein.
Details on The Beatles: The Lost Concert [Provided by Screenvision]:
The new 92-minute documentary charts the birth and impact of Beatlemania in America and includes, in its entirety, their first-ever full U.S. concert performance from February 11, 1964 at D.C.’s Washington Coliseum, the only complete Beatles’ concert available to fans, one which has remained unseen by movie theater audiences across the nation for over 47 years.
The story of their historic arrival in America and the impact they had is revealed through new interviews with more than 20 Beatles’ associates, journalists, disc jockeys, concert attendees, historians and music luminaries and archival footage of the Fab Four.
On February 11, 1964, two days after their record shattering appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, 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.
Watch the trailer: