If you know anything about me you know I’m obsessed with The Beatles. My personal philosophy is that they are the greatest band of all time, and they will continue to be the greatest band of all time for the rest of eternity. They cross every generation, and, quite frankly, were a driving force in creating the world of music we know today.
The Ron Howard film, 8 Days A Week: The Touring Years Highlights the early years of this iconic group, and even though I saw the film 3 months ago I still get chills when I think about the wondrous story it tells. I took a bus ride to a different college town in the middle of the week to see it on the big screen, and, to put it simply, I was amazed!
Starting out by performing at The Cavern Club in 1962, the group performed live until their final concert in San Fransisco in 1966. 8 Days A Week focuses on these touring years and provided an inside look at the lives of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Something I didn’t know until after seeing the film is that The Beatles actually started the trend of stadium tours! No other group needed a venue as large as a stadium to contain all of their fans, but The Beatles’ popularity was stunning. Another thing I found interesting is that some of the band’s greatest hits weren’t even written until they stopped touring together!
Ending with beautifully remastered footage of their first, and the first, stadium show at Shea Stadium in New York 8 Days A Week is a must see for any fan! I’ve got the DVD on my Christmas list this year!