Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard's new documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – the Touring Years, has finally arrived! For the past week, Hulu and Movie Pilot joined forces to celebrate the standard-setting band and discuss how four friends from Liverpool changed the music industry forever.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week tells the story of the group's touring years, from their first shows in 1962 to their final concert in San Francisco in 1966.
The documentary features exclusive footage of the band's early days and includes insight on those years from surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as the wives of late Beatles members John Lennon and George Harrison, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.
Over the last eight days we've been posting new Beatles-centric live videos, from interviews with industry legends to Beatles trivia quizzes — it's been a magical mystery tour and an unforgettable ride.
In case you missed it, check out all eight of our Facebook Live videos celebrating the new documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – the Touring Years:
What's Your Favorite Beatles Song? This Man Can Play Them All
To kick off the Eight Days of Live project, Scrote, the event's musical director, introduced the concert and its many musical guests, discussed his love of the Beatles and even hosted a small jam session where he dazzled us with some acoustic guitar playing.
Strawberry Fields Forever! Hijacking The Rehearsals
On Monday, our video team snuck into one of the early rehearsals at a sound stage in Burbank, California to give us a behind-the-scenes look at what went into the concert from the perspective of the musicians and taste of "Strawberry Fields Forever."
Jammin’ With Joe Sumner
Joe Sumner, the bassist for Fiction Plane and son of legendary musician Sting, joined us in the Movie Pilot studio to take your requests and rock out to Beatles songs on the acoustic guitar.
Meet The Beatles Band
After weeks of talking to talented musicians and Beatles lovers, we finally introduced the musicians who would be joining us on Saturday night for our A Night With The Beatles concert.
The Hardest Beatles Quiz Ever
So you think you're a massive Beatles fanatic? If you know what their original band name was or which Beatles song is about a dog, you might just be! Let's see how you fare on our quiz of the hardest Beatles trivia quiz.
Ask Adrian Belew Anything About The Beatles
On Friday, we were lucky enough to sit down with Adrian Belew, the longtime guitarist for artists like David Bowie, Frank Zappa, King Crimson and Talking Heads to answer questions about being a professional musician and tell stories about meeting the Beatles.
Live From A Night With The Beatles
On Saturday night, we interviewed a select number of event attendees and asked them to share their personal Beatles stories. Check out the video and feel free to tell us why the Beatles are important to you in the comments section.
Movie Pilot Playing The Beatles: Rock Band
To wrap up the eight days of Facebook videos, we played Beatles: Rock Band live in our studio. With Josh Sims as the lead singer, Nick Hawryluk on guitar and backup vocals and Aaron Kelly on the drums, our makeshift band took your requests and tried not to fail these songs.
The weeklong event culminated in a one of a kind concert this past Saturday at the historic El Rey theater in Los Angeles. Over 800 people attended the concert, A Night With The Beatles, which featured 70 musicians — from Paul McCartney's guitarist Rusty Anderson to a talented local youth choir — covering the Beatles most famous songs for three blissful hours.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – the Touring Years, is currently screening at select theaters and streaming on Hulu now!