Tyler Hails Lost Beatles Concert
Aerosmith frontman insists footage revealed in documentary for first time in 48 years is best show he’s ever seen – including Elvis.
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler believes remastered footage of The Beatles’ first-ever US concert is the best show he’s ever seen.
The Fab Four performed at the Coliseum, Washington, on February 11, 1964, two days after their iconic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The 9,000-strong audience was the biggest they’d played to so far.
The entire show was captured on film, alongside events leading up to and following their 12-song set – but hasn’t been seen in public since. Now it forms the central part of a documentary, The Beatles: The Lost Concert, showing in US cinemas during May.
Tyler, on first seeing the performance, says: “Just watching that is a miracle. To me it would be like watching Jesus preaching on the hilltops. Same notes, same vocals, same drum fills, same perfection. It blows away every performance I’ve ever seen – including Elvis.”
The documentary includes photos of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr arriving by train in Washington, attending a press conference then playing on stage. It’s rounded out with interviews including Tyler, bandmate Joe Perry, fans who were there and people who worked on the show.
Its producers say: “The Beatles: The Lost Concert is a new documentary recounting the whole story of the birth of Beatlemania in America, from an initial phone call from US promoter Sid Bernstein to the manager of a then-unknown band from the UK, all the way thorough to their first-ever historic and triumphant US concert.”
The doc’s offical website is here.
Watch a trailer below.