Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Beatles "Ayeee..."

For those fortunate enough to have seen The Andy Griffith Show you may recall the little fair skinned, lighter hair son of Andy, Opie, played by Ronnie Howard. If you don't recall that name maybe you've heard of Richie Cunningham, a hard working student, musician, son of Marianne and Howard, and a regular at Arnolds with his friends Potsie Weber, Ralph Malph, and Arthur Fonzarelli in Milwaukee from the popular 1970s television show, Happy Days ,who was also portrayed by Ron Howard. But why am I telling you about Ron Howard? If you must know it's because this past Wednesday, 16 July, 2014 it was released that the childhood actor, with help from Apple Corps, Nigel Sinclair- who produced the Grammy award winning documentary, George Harrison: Living In The Material World along with No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, producer Brian Grazer, and Scott Pascucci, will be directing a new Beatles documentary about the touring years of the Fab Four.


Ron Howard himself has been a long-time Beatles fan, at the age of nine and already a star he wanted one specific item for his birthday,
"'The gift that I was begging for was a Beatles wig', he tells Rolling Stone with a laugh. 'And on March 1st, 1964, that's what I got: the Beatle wig of my dreams." -Ron Howard, Rolling Stone interview with Stacy Anderson, Ron Howard To Direct New Beatles Doc Focusing on Band's Early Years
Happy Days crew with John and Julian
 During 1974 Ron Howard, along with the rest of the Happy Days crew, had the thrill of meeting ex-Beatle John Lennon along with his son Julian and Lennon's girlfriend, May Pang, while Yoko and him were on their Lost Weekend, as the three of them toured the set.  With this new opportunity to direct a film of the mop-topped phenomenon starting with their Scotland Tour in 1960 to the craze that became known as Beatlemania, The British Invasion, from ground breaking concerts such as their 1965 Shea Stadium to the puzzling concert in the Philippines, ending with The Beatles last stop in 1966. All tours filled with thrills and shrills drowning out the sounds of The Beatles themselves and challenging the security as they tried their best to hold back the crying, fainting girls and boys who pushed themselves as close to the stage as they possible could. Ron now has the oppurtunity to interview Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison. In the same Rolling Stone interview with Stacy Anderson Howard says,
Hamburg, 1960
"What's so compelling to me is the perspective that we have now, the chance to really understand the impact that they had on the world. that six-year period is such a dramatic transformation in terms of global culture and these remarkable four individuals, who were both geniuses and also entirely relatable. That duality is something that is going to be very interesting to explore."
The Fab Four on Tour
All of those working on making this film possiable are positive they will create  a concert feel with footage that they have unraveled along with original recordings. The Documentary will not only go through the frenzy of putting on a show but interviews with the two surviving band mates, McCartney and Starr, and Howard is looking to talk to fans who had the thrill of drowning out The Beatles amplifiers and interview what life was like during Beatlemania then talk to those Apple Scruffs (A nickname later coined by George Harrison) grandchildren as a continuous passing of The Beatles through generation to generation.

When a man buys a ticket for a Magical Mystery Tour, He knows what to expect. We guarantee him the trip of a lifetime, And that's just what he gets.The incredible Magical Mystery Tour! 
Although this documentary isn't a colourful bus traveling through England you can still Roll up! and be patient until you purchase a ticket to the incredible documentary, which as of right now doesn't have a set date. 

The following video is from The Washington Coliseum;



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