The Beatles: The Lost ConcertA New Documentary Including Their 1st U.S. Concert – Complete and Remastered!
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 U.S. concert at the Washington, D.C. Coliseum. Through rare archival footage and new interviews with some of the people who were there, and chock full of memorabilia, archival footage and artifacts it details how The Beatles were first brought to America, their struggle to get a U.S. record contract and airplay, how their first concert was booked and all the incredible events of that historic day in February when the Fab Four took a train from New York to Washington, D.C. to perform a full concert in front of an American audience for the first time.
The whole story unfolds through new interviews with celebrities, historically important figures, journalists, DJs, photographers, historians, and fans who attended the original 1964 concert - plus historic archival footage.
Unseen on the big screen for over 45 years, the original concert footage has been painstakingly restored and remastered. An incredible series of photographs recently discovered from a local photographer, Mike Mitchell, show The Beatles arriving at Union Station in D.C., at the press conference held at the Coliseum that afternoon, and at the concert itself.
The Beatles: The Lost Concert tells the whole story of The Birth of Beatlemania in America.
About The ConcertThe Concert That Changed History
On February 11, 1964, two days after their record-shattering appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles travelled by train to Washington, D.C. to perform their first-ever full concert before an American audience. The Washington Coliseum, at 3rd and M St. N.E. was an indoor facility that hosted basketball, hockey and boxing matches and seated around 7,000 fans. Because of the design of the facility, The Beatles performed on a makeshift boxing-style stage “in-the-round” and had to move around the microphones and rotate Ringo’s drum kit, which was on a circular riser, several times throughout the concert so as to face a different segment of the audience. It would be the only time in their career that they would play in-the-round.
After brief performances by The Caravelles, The Chiffons and Tommy Roe, The Beatles took the stage for a twelve-song set that lasted a little over a half hour. It was The Beatles at their absolute best; full of enthusiasm and exuberance and clearly overwhelmed by the astonishing reception that the overbooked teenage audience of 8,092 screaming (mostly female) fans gave them. It was the largest audience they had played for at that time, but only 6 months later they would be playing to much larger audiences when they returned to America for their first full tour of the United States.
The concert in Washington, D.C. was professionally filmed by an eight-camera crew and mixed live on location. A month later, on March 14th and 15th, the concert was broadcast via closed-circuit to movie theaters across America and was seen by an estimated 2 million teenagers. The film of the concert was then lost and remained unseen by audiences for over 45 years! The original master tapes changed hands privately several times over the years and have now been restored and remastered, and the entire concert (the ONLY complete Beatles concert available to fans) is included in The Beatles: The Lost Concert.