Here are six things Beatles fans will find from seeing the new Ron Howard film The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years:
1. Paul McCartney, in discussing “The Beatles Are Greater Than Jesus” incident, says the apology that John Lennon was forced to make was difficult for him. He said the apology made John “a sort of a broken man” because he realized he had to apologize.
2. Ringo Starr, at the back of the stage, says he had a difficult job trying to keep time. “I could not hear anything. I’d be watching John’s ass or Paul’s ass, his foot tapping, his head nodding, to see where we were in the song.”
3. Paul McCartney said the idea behind the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album was an effort to get the Beatles freed from their images. “I got this idea for us to be all someone else because we were so fed up with what we were. We had to get out of it one way or another.”
4. George Harrison says the addition of Ringo Starr as the group’s drummer was the piece of the puzzle that the Beatles sorely needed. “Once we got Ringo, we started to do it better and more professionally.”
5. Paul McCartney credits Brian Epstein’s perspective and said he saw things in them they didn’t see. “It was clear he had a vision of us that was beyond the vision we had of ourselves.”
6. The Beatles refused to play to segregated audiences. Though this has been previously reported and Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn has said he has uncovered documents that showed this happened on more than one tour, this is discussed quite extensively in the film.