Sunday 4 December 2016

Paul and Ringo Come Together for 'emotional' Beatles film premiere

Published 15/09/2016 | 03:51

Sir Paul McCartney (right) and Ringo Starr at the film premiere
Sir Paul McCartney (right) and Ringo Starr at the film premiere
The Beatles on Salisbury Plain during the filming of Help
Sir Paul McCartney (centre left) and Ringo Starr (centre right) at the Odeon in London's Leicester Square
Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin arrive for the premiere of Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years
Madonna attended the premiere
Stella McCartney was at premiere
Ron Howard directed the Beatles film
George Harrison's widow, Olivia, praised the film

Looking back at footage from the Beatles' touring years when the Fab Four took the world by storm was "emotional and very special", Sir Paul McCartney said.

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Sir Paul and Ringo Starr, the band's two surviving members, joined a host of celebrities including Madonna for the premiere of a new documentary charting their live gigs and meteoric rise to fame in the 1960s.

John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison, widow of George, also attended the screening in London, which followed the world premiere in the Beatles' home city of Liverpool earlier on Thursday.

The film, directed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard, features remastered footage of the band's sell-out stadium concerts in America, which followed their early days playing in The Cavern Club.

Speaking on the blue carpet, Sir Paul told reporters: "We're getting great memories obviously of playing with John and George.

"So that's very emotional and very special to see that again."

The band played their last big concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966, and had their last live performance together three years later on the rooftop of their Apple Records headquarters in London.

Starr described their lasting fame as "beautiful", adding: "People love the Beatles. We happen to be two of them and here we are."

Mrs Harrison paid tribute to Howard's work on the film, describing him as "a great storyteller".

She said: "We were privileged to have Ron Howard making this film, he's a great storyteller and I think he's learned a lot too."

She said it was "sweet" that some of the home movie footage is from her husband's 8mm camera.

Sir Paul, who said he was wearing the same jacket he donned for the band's premiere of A Hard Day's Night back in 1964, was joined by his wife Nancy Shevell and daughter, fashion designer Stella McCartney, while Starr was accompanied by his wife Barbara Bach.

:: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years is in UK cinemas now.

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