The three-part series premieres in November
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An extended four-minute trailer has premiered for Peter Jackson’s eagerly awaited three-part series, The Beatles: Get Back.
The Beatles: Get Back is split into three separate two-hour episodes that premiere on Thursday 25th, Friday 26th and Saturday 27th November 2021 exclusively on Disney+.
Compiled from over 60 hours of unseen footage shot in January 1969 by Michael Lindsay-Hogg and 150 hours of unheard audio, The Beatles: Get Back tells the story of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they record new music and plan their first live show in three years.
The docuseries features – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles’ last live performance as a group, the fabled rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row, together with other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, ‘Abbey Road’ and ‘Let It Be.’
Today’s newly premiered trailer features captures the highs and lows of the concert rehearsals and snippets of classic Beatles tunes including ‘Get Back’ and ‘Let It Be.’
Watch The Beatles: Get Back trailer:
The Beatles: Get Back has been made with the full blessing of surviving Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, together with John Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono Lennon and George Harrison’s wife Olivia Harrison.
Oscar winning Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson comments: “In many respects, Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s remarkable footage captured multiple storylines. The story of friends and of individuals. It is the story of human frailties and of a divine partnership. It is a detailed account of the creative process, with the crafting of iconic songs under pressure, set amid the social climate of early 1969. But it’s not nostalgia – it’s raw, honest, and human. Over six hours, you’ll get to know The Beatles with an intimacy that you never thought possible.”
He adds: “I’m very grateful to The Beatles, Apple Corps and Disney for allowing me to present this story in exactly the way it should be told. I’ve been immersed in this project for nearly three years, and I’m very excited that audiences around the world will finally be able to see it.”
Scroll through to see The Beatles’ career timeline:
1957 – Paul McCartney meets John Lennon
It all started back in 1957, with a blossoming friendship between John Lennon and Paul McCartney. On 6th July, 17-year-old John was playing with his skiffle group, the Quarrymen, at a church fete come garden party, when 15-year-old Paul McCartney came along to watch. The rest, of course, is history.
The Quarrymen often played at The Cavern Club, a popular nightclub and music venue on Mathew Street, in Liverpool.
1960 – Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe
After taking on Paul’s friend George Harrison as their lead guitarist, Stuart Sutcliffe as their bassist and Pete Best as their drummer, the five-piece band became the Beatles.
Stuart played with the Beatles for one year, while Pete Best played with the group from 1960-1962.
1961 – The Beatles perform at The Cavern Club
In 1961, the Beatles took to the stage at the world-renowned Cavern Club, in Liverpool. It was here that the band were first seen by Brian Epstein, who became their manager and was also later known as the ‘fifth Beatle’.
The Cavern Wall of Fame was unveiled in 1997, highlighting the names of bands who appeared at the club between 1957-1973. Situated across the road from the venue, there is a brick for the Beatles as a group, as well as each individual member. The club also unveiled a statue of John Lennon that same year.
1962 – Ringo Starr joins the Beatles
From 1960-1962, the Beatles regularly performed at clubs in Hamburg, Germany. This period of time saw a great acceleration in their performance skills, and widened their reputation. Both Paul and Stuart, however, left the group during this time.
Thankfully, in 1962, the legendary Ringo Starr joined the band, replacing their drummer Pete. Prior to joining the group, Ringo was a member of another Liverpool group, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, who achieved moderate success.
Stuart decided to leave the band in 1961 to pursue his career in fine-art, however he sadly passed away the following year after suffering from a brain haemorrhage.
1962 – ‘Love Me Do’
Released in early October, ‘Love Me Do’ was the Beatles’ official single. After peaking at the Number 17 spot on the UK Charts, the debut track was closely followed by ‘P.S. I Love You’.
When the track was later released in the US two years later, it became a Number 1 hit.
1963 – ‘Please Please Me’ debut album
After recording 10 songs during a single studio session for their debut album, the Beatles released ‘Please Please Me’ in March, 1963. The album hit the Number 1 spot on the UK Charts, topping the Record Retailer’s LP Chart for 30 weeks – an extraordinary achievement for a pop album during this time.
1964 – ‘A Hard Day’s Night’
After enjoying success in the charts, it wasn’t long before United Artists Records’ film division signed the Beatles to a three-motion-picture deal. The debut film, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, showed the band, over the course of six weeks, play themselves in a musical comedy.
The band’s accompanying record, of the same name, contained songs from the film on side one, with other new recordings on side two. The record served as the band’s third studio album, and flew to the Number 1 spot in the UK Charts.
As part of the three-motion-picture deal, United Artists also released the films ‘Help!’ and ‘The Yellow Submarine’.
1965 – The Beatles perform at Shea Stadium
Described as ‘perhaps the most famous of all Beatles’ concerts’, the band took to the stage at the world-renowned Shea Stadium, in New York, on 15th August 1965. The show, which marked the beginning of their third US tour, took place before crowd of 55,600 – a world-record breaking number, at the time.
1965 – ‘Rubber Soul’
The band’s sixth studio album, ‘Rubber Soul’, was released in December, 1965. Many of the tracks on the two-sided album were the result of collaborative writing from John and Paul, with the track-list including huge hits such as ‘Drive My Car’, ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird has Flown)’, ‘Nowhere Man’ and ‘Think for Yourself’.
Selling more than 1.2 million copies in the first day, and topping sales charts in the UK and the US for several weeks, the album has been considered one of the greatest records of all time.
1965 – The Beatles are appointed MBEs
Such huge achievements didn’t go unnoticed by the Royal family – in October 1965, all four members of the Beatles received Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire medals from Queen Elizabeth II.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison were appointed their medals at Buckingham Palace.
1966 – ‘Revolver’
The Beatles’ seventh studio album, ‘Revolver’, has been described as an ‘artistic step forward’ for the band. Released in August 1966, the album includes historic tracks such as ‘Yellow Submarine’, ‘Good Day Sunshine’ and ‘Here, There and Everywhere’.
Due to many of the tracks incorporating sounds that were only achievable through technology, the album has been described as yet another monumental, and musical, step forward for the group.
‘Revolver’ was the Beatles’ final album release before their retirement as live performers, being released a week before their final tour.
1966 – The Beatles’ last ever concert
On August 29, 1966, the Beatles played their last ever concert together as a band, with the performance taking place at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. The show marked the end of almost nonstop touring for four years, including over around 1,400 concert appearances, internationally. The group would now continue as a studio band.
1967- ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ was the Beatles’ first release since ceasing to tour. Freed from the burden of live performances, the band was thought to further embrace the creative process – and it sure paid off, leaving us with huge tracks such as ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’, ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ and ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ upon its release in June 1967.
The album was thought to be inspired by Brian Wilson’s ‘Pet Sounds’, which was thought to be initially inspired by the Beatles’ own ‘Rubber Soul’. The record hit the Number 1 spot in charts all around the world, including the UK, US, and Australia, to name a few. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the album has been described as the band’s most recognised work.
1968 – The Beatles travel to India
In early 1968, the Beatles travelled to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s spiritual retreat in India. Spending time studying and meditating, the band wrote numerous songs whilst on the trip. Despite the course being set to run over three months, Ringo left after just 10 days, struggling to stomach the food, with Paul following him just one month later after growing bored. When things began to turn sour between John and George and the course leader, Maharishi, the pair, along with the band’s entourage left after being there for a total of two months.
The band’s next, and ninth, album release, ‘The Beatles’, also now commonly known as ‘The White Album’, included many songs written on the retreat – one of which was a scathing song named ‘Maharishi’, which was renamed ‘Sexy Sadie’.
1969 – ‘Abbey Road’
Despite all of the Beatles’ achievements thus far being pretty monumental, it’s safe to say that ‘Abbey Road’ served as one of the most historic moments for the group. The album, along with its iconic cover, was their 11th studio album and was released in September 1969.
Including huge numbers such as ‘Come Together’ and ‘Here Comes the Sun’, the album would serve as the last time the band would record together, with them having already largely recorded their 12th album prior to the release of ‘Abbey Road’.
1970 – Paul McCartney goes solo
It was on 10th April 1970 that Paul McCartney announced through a press release that he would be leaving the Beatles. The statement, which revealed the news that devastated millions of Beatles fans, was sent to journalists alongside a copy of his debut solo album ‘McCartney’.
‘McCartney’ included huge songs such as ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’, ‘Junk’ and ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’. The album itself help the Number 1 position for three weeks on the US Billboard Top LPs, hitting the Number 2 spot on the UK Albums Chart.
Despite being vilified for ending the Beatles, Paul’s solo career was a monumental success, with the singer-songwriter going on to dominate the charts. His popularity, as a solo artist, has been matched by only a handful of artists – with his total of Number 1 songs being surpassed by just Elvis Presley and Stevie Wonder.
1970 – ‘Let It Be’ and the end of the Beatles
The Beatles’ 12th and final album ‘Let It Be’ was released in May 1970, one month after to Paul’s solo debut ‘McCartney’. The album topped record charts in the UK and US, as well as many other countries. To add to its success, the motion picture of the same name, released in tandem, won a Grammy Award for for the Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special.
Including legendary tracks such as ‘The Long and Winding Road’, ‘I’ve Got a Feeling’, ‘Dig a Pony’ and, of course, ‘Let It Be’.
Due to Paul announcing his departure from the band just one month before, this album marked the last for the Beatles, with the band officially breaking up in April 1970.
1971: Paul McCartney and Wings
A year later, in 1971, Paul McCartney and Wings were born. The band, shortened to Wings, began with Paul and his wife Linda, with their first album, ‘Ram’, being released that same year and hitting the Number 1 spot on the UK Charts. Following the album’s release, the Wings line-up saw various changes, including the addition of names such as Denny Seiwell, Denny Laine, Hugh McCracken, Jimmy McCulloch and Geoff Britton.
Wings’ first official album as a group was ‘Wild Life’ in 1971, with the band releasing a total of seven albums.
1980 – ‘McCarney II’
10 years after leaving the band, Paul released his second studio album, ‘McCartney II’ – this was soon followed by the dissolution of his band Wings. Paul recorded the album in his home studio in Sussex. Similar to his first album, the tracks consisted of him performing all of the instrumental parts, whilst his wife Linda co-wrote as well as contributing additional vocals.
The album hit the Number 1 spot on the UK Albums Chart, including huge tracks such as ‘Coming Up’, ‘Waterfalls’ and ‘Temporary Secretary’.
1980 – The death of John Lennon
On the evening of 8th December 1980, John Lennon was tragically killed outside of his residence, The Dakota, in New York City. John was shot, and fatally wounded, in the archway outside of his home.
Following the tragic event, George Harrison released a statement saying: “After all we went through together, I had and still have great love and respect for him. I am shocked and stunned. To rob a life is the ultimate robbery in life. The perpetual encroachment on other people’s space is taken to the limit with the use of a gun. It is an outrage that people can take other people’s lives when they obviously haven’t got their own lives in order.”
Almost a week later, on 14th December, millions of people around the world held a 10-minute silence to remember John, who was just 40-years-old at the time of his death. 30,000 gathered in Lennon’s hometown of Liverpool, while over 225,000 gathered in Central Park, close to the scene of the shooting.
1988 – The Beatles are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
In 1988, eight years after the shocking death of John Lennon, the Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Inducted by Mick Jagger at the ceremony, former bandmates George Harrison and Ringo Starr were joined by the late John Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono, to accept the honour.
1997 – Paul McCartney is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
Over 30 years after receiving a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire medal, as a member of the Beatles, Paul was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his services to music. Paul was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace, on 11th March 1997.
1998 – The Beatles get a Hollywood Star
In December 1998, the Beatles were honoured with their very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
All four of the Beatles members now also have their own stars on Hollywood Boulevard. John Lennon received his star in 1988, eight years after his death. George then received his in 2009, with Ringo receiving his in 2010 and Paul in 2012.
1999 – Paul McCartney is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist
Over 10 years after the Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Paul McCartney was inducted as a solo artist. Inducted by Neil Young, the ceremony included performances from stars such as Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen.
Paul had inducted his late friend John Lennon into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, with George Harrison also being inducted in 2004. Paul later inducted his other former bandmate Ringo Starr later in 2015.
2001 – The death of George Harrison
Sadly, on 29th November 2001, George Harrison passed away in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, aged 58. The star died of cancer, after first announcing that he was battling with the disease in 1998. Speaking on his friend’s tragic passing, Paul said: “I am devastated and very very sad. We knew he’d been ill for a long time. He was a lovely guy and a very brave man and had a wonderful sense of humour. He is really just my baby brother.”
George had enjoyed a successful solo career following the disbanding of the Beatles, releasing a total of 12 studio albums. His 12th album, ‘Brainwashed’, was released in 2002 – a year after his death.
2015: The Beatles statue in Liverpool
Donated by the famous Cavern Club, December 2015 saw the arrival of the Beatles statue on Liverpool’s Waterfront. The statue’s erection marked 50 years since the band’s last concert in Liverpool, with the four figures appearing larger than life size and weighing 1.2 tonnes in total.
Since the placement of Paul, George, Ringo and John’s figures, some interesting hidden features have been noticed on the statue – including the number ‘8’ printed on the sole of Ringo’s shoe, crediting his hometown of Liverpool’s postcode ‘L8’, as well as two acorns in John’s hand, cast from ones picked up outside the Dakota building in New York.
2016 – The Beatles: Eight Days a Week
2016 saw the release of their very own documentary, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, which was about their touring years in the 1960s. The premier took place on 15th September, and welcomed appearances from Paul and Ringo.
Produced in cooperation with Paul and Ringo, along with John and George’s widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, the 97-minute long film follows the boys’ careers while touring from 1962 to 1966.
2018 – Ringo Starr is knighted by Prince William
Ringo Starr officially became Sir Ringo in 2018, when he was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace. The musician was knighted by Prince William at the Palace on 20th March.
2020 – Ringo Starr’s birthday livestream
In June 2020 Ringo Starr announced that he would be broadcasting ‘Ringo’s Big Birthday Show’ on his YouTube channel, on 7th July of that year. The livestream was to benefit four charities – Black Lives Matter Global Network, the David Lynch Foundation, Musicares and WaterAid – and included unique home performances as well as appearances from huge names such as ex bandmate Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, Sheila E and Ben Harper.
Sadly, Ringo wasn’t able to throw his usual birthday bash gathering due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Announcing his 2020 broadcast, the star said: ‘As everyone knows I love gathering with fans for peace and love on my birthday. But this year, I want everyone to be safe at home – so I called up a few friends and we put this Big Birthday Show together so we could still celebrate my birthday with you all, with some great music for some great charities. I hope you will all join me! Peace and Love, Ringo.’
2020 – ‘McCartney III’
December 2020 saw the release of Paul’s 18th solo studio album ‘McCartney III’. Similar to ‘McCartney’ and ‘McCartney II’, Paul plays all instrumental parts on the album – it’s no surprise, therefore, that the album hit the Number 1 spot on the UK Albums Chart.
2021 – The Beatles: Get Back
The brand new upcoming documentary film The Beatles: Get Back, directed by Peter Jackson, is set to contain never before seen footage of the band. The project was announced back in January 2019, however production was sadly delayed due to the global pandemic.
Over 55 hours of footage and 140 hours of audio stemming were provided from the Beatles’ original ‘Get Back’ project, and are set to be filtered down and feature in the film, along with a 42-minute rooftop concert.
Despite being delayed due to the global pandemic, the upcoming film is now set to land on Disney+, and in theatres, on 27th August 2021.
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