The Shea Stadium concert was filmed by 14 35mm cameras in front of 55,000 people and first shown on BBC TV in black-and-white in the UK in 1966 and in color in the U.S. a year later. The film's new 4K restoration and sound remastering was done at Abbey Road Studios by Giles Martin and Sam Okell, who also worked on the recent 10th anniversary Beatles LOVE show at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, the upcoming The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl CD and the Beatles 1+ DVD that came out late last year. The songs in the Shea concert include "Twist and Shout," "I Feel Fine," "She's a Woman" and a finale of "I'm Down" that featured John Lennon running his arm along the keyboard.
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Dave Schwensen, author of The Beatles at Shea Stadium, a book focusing on the 1965 concert, says the release of the footage is big news. "From a fan's point of view, it's great, it's exciting. For all these years, we've had unofficial footage. I'd be very interested with today's technology how this stuff is going to look," he said.
Schwenson, the author of another Beatles concert book, The Beatles in Cleveland on their concerts in that city, also said there was no footage of "She's a Woman" shot for the original show because cameramen were changing films, but he said he was told footage of the song has been located from home movies taken by fans in the stands for the Ron Howard film.
Ron Furmanek, who worked on the restoration of the film for the Beatles, said the quality of the Shea show is superb. "Shea Stadium, other than the sound issues, of everything that was ever shot in the '60s of any group, I think Shea Stadium is the highest quality film. It looks better than Woodstock, Gimme Shelter, Monterey Pop. It really does. Go look at it in Anthology. It's stunning. Put on the headphones and look at it in Anthology. You're going to hear some true stereo there, like 'Dizzy Miss Lizzy.'"
A new trailer for the Ron Howard film, which covers the Beatles' live concerts from their days at the Cavern Club in Liverpool through to 1966 at their final scheduled show at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, was also released Thursday. Fans who attended the Beatles concerts are also being given the chance to see the Ron Howard film free by visiting the film website.
The set list for the Shea Stadium show:
"Twist and Shout"
"She’s a Woman"
"I Feel Fine"
"Dizzy Miss Lizzy"
"Ticket to Ride"
"Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby"
"Baby’s in Black"
"A Hard Day’s Night"