The Beatles are still considered one of the greatest music groups of all time. Their music has influenced generations of musicians. Their latest album, “Let It Be,” was reportedly laden with behind-the-scenes issues.
In a recent documentary for Disney + mentioned The Beatles: Come Back, Peter Jackson researched the making of that album using archival material from a documentary made when the Beatles made “Let It Be” and designed to help convince the Fab Four that it did not get along during the recording. And now part of that documentary is getting an IMAX release for one night.
As part of the documentary, Jackson included the entire iconic 1969 concert from the roof of Apple Corps’ Savile Row headquarters. This concert will be broadcast on January 30, the 53rd anniversary of the rooftop concert, in a special IMAX presentation at select IMAX theaters. The presentation will also feature a V&A with Peter Jackson.
In a statement to Deadline, Jackson said: “I am delighted that the rooftop concert of The Beatles: Come Back going to be experienced in IMAX, on that big screen. “This is The Beatles’ last concert, and it’s the absolute perfect way to see and hear it.”
Selected IMAX theaters will present the shows with filmmaker V&A being broadcast simultaneously via satellite to all connected IMAX locations.
“Ever since Peter Jackson’s beautiful and enlightening documentary series debuted, we’ve been constantly hearing from fans who want to experience his memorable rooftop show at IMAX,” said Megan Colligan, president of IMAX Entertainment. “We’re so excited to bring Disney Get back to a whole new stage and gives Beatles fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch and hear their heroes in the unmatched image and sound of IMAX.
The concert, which is included in its entirety in The Beatles: Come Back, will be optimized for IMAX screens, digitally re-mastered with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Remastering) technology.
No one realized it then, but the 42-minute concert given from the roof of the Apple Corps building was the last concert the Fab Four would have together as a group.
It was planned that the group would have a special concert when they completed “Let It Be”, but George Harrison was against a big production. Three of the songs from the show, the first version of “I’ve Got a Feeling” and the single from “Dig a Pony” and “One After 909,” were added to the “Let It Be” album.
The concert took place over lunch, and the crowds were confused, with the police even going so far as to go up and stop the Beatles from performing. The set ended with John Lennon’s famous joke, “I want to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition.”
The concert took place on January 30, 1969. By September of that year, Lennon would be leaving the group. The Beatles would never perform a live show again after the rooftop concert.
The Beatles: Come Back currently streaming in its entirety on Disney +.
Disney + original documentary series The Beatles: Get Back is made from never-before-seen, restored footage recorded.
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