September 25, 2016

G’day Beatles!

While most visitors make a beeline for the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, I started my first day in Sydney with John, Paul, George and Ringo.

And it was so incredibly FAB!

And gear. Tee hee.

Ron Howard’s documentary Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years opened on September 16 in select countries, but I was never in the right place at the right time to see it.

Until I landed in Sydney, Australia.

To what degree non-fans would enjoy the film, I don’t know. But for a Beatlemaniac like me, it was such a thrill. In addition to photos and footage I knew by heart, Eight Days a Week featured lots of rare clips and a few cool surprises. Actually, a LOT of cool surprises. There was even a bonus at the end: a remastered film of The Beatles’ concert at Shea Stadium. Thirty minutes of concert footage on the big screen — incredible! There’s something so special about seeing them perform. It brought tears to my eyes more than once.

I was born too late to experience The Beatles in real time. I “discovered” them in 1978 — long before there was an internet, or iTunes or big box bookstore chains. Learning more about them meant digging through the periodical guides at the library. Or saving up for the one or two biographies available at the local bookstore … or a vinyl (!!!) album at the record shop.

It was like a treasure hunt. And now, almost 40 years later, it feels just as exhilarating to come across something new.

Here’s the trailer for the documentary. I hope this film allows younger generations of fans to “discover” The Beatles, just like I did.