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The Beatles' 'Eight Days a Week': the live career of 'a great little rock 'n' roll band'

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By Euronews  with Rolling Stone
The Beatles' 'Eight Days a Week': the live career of 'a great little rock 'n' roll band'

Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison’s widow Olivia and John Lennon’s, Yoko Ono, have hit up London’s Leicester Square for the premiere of ‘Eight Days a Week: the Touring Years.’

Ron Howard’s documentary pieces together the live career of The Beatles, or as McCartney refers to them: “a great little rock and roll band.”

He and drummer Starr collaborated on the documentary, but hadn’t seen the finished product until the premiere, Starr said.

The two remaining members of the Fab Four said the documentary had brought back memories they’d not thought about in years.

“I mean, there’s some nice little things like we refused to play this show in Jacksonville because we found out the audience was segregated and I think that was a big surprise for us to remember that,” said McCartney, while Starr looked back fondly on the bond the band shared.

“We weren’t like brothers, we were brothers and we looked out for each other and that was great. And, you know, I can’t say it enough, I was an only child and I ended up with three brothers. My dream as a kid was to have an older brother. I never achieved that,” he said.

‘Eight Days a Week’ uses little-before-seen footage in the years up until The Beatles stopped touring, in 1966. It was released just after the 50th anniversary of their final concert.