Surviving Beatles say they haven’t seen new ‘Eight Days A Week’ documentary

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr say premiere will be their first viewing of tour film

The Beatles’ surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr say they haven’t yet seen the band’s new tour film documentary Eight Days A Week.

The film, directed by Ron Howard, documents The Beatles’ touring years.

But, in a Facebook Q&A with Apollo 13 and The Da Vinci Code director Howard, McCartney and Starr said the first time they will watch the movie will be at tonight’s London premiere (September 15).

McCartney said: “We haven’t seen it, so we’re looking forward to tomorrow night’s premiere, as you can imagine. We know there’s new footage that the fans sent in, so that’s very exciting.”

The Beatles quit touring in 1966, partly to concentrate on working in the studio and also in frustration at not being able to hear themselves play live properly on the primitive equipment they used to perform gigs.

McCartney said:”In the cinema, we’re actually going to hear ourselves for the first time. We couldn’t hear ourselves when we were live, as there was so much screaming going on.”

With the film covering the years up to The Beatles’ final gig at Los Angeles’ Candlestick Park, Howard said that he would be interested in making another film about the band’s post-touring years.

As well as the film of Eight Days A Week, The Beatles released new live album ‘Live At The Hollywood Bowl’ this week which is set for the Top Five in tomorrow’s album chart.