Eight days a week

Get on board with The Bea­tles, a doc­u­men­tary for Fab Four fans

Life & Style Weekend - - SCREEN LIFE - With Dar­ren Hallesy

WHEN it comes to say­ing you’re an ex­pert on some­thing, you need to back it up. Larry Kane is a man who can say he is an ex­pert on The Bea­tles live on stage.

As the only jour­nal­ist to join The Bea­tles on their US tours in 1964 and 1965, Larry saw the Fab Four on stage 46 times. He lived with them, ate with them and ex­pe­ri­enced first hand what was one of the most his­toric tours on Amer­i­can soil.

Larry ap­pears in the new doc­u­men­tary The Bea­tles: Eight Days A Week, which is screen­ing around the coun­try. Directed by Ron Howard (Rush and The Da Vinci Code), the doco charts the story of The Bea­tles’ tours and their even­tual de­ci­sion in 1965 to stop per­form­ing live.

The Fab Four only per­formed once more in 1970, which be­came the movie Let It Be.

Now in his 70s, Larry is still work­ing in me­dia and has writ­ten three books about The Bea­tles.

“I wrote a book called Ticket to Ride about The Bea­tles, and they asked me to do some in­ter­views for this doc­u­men­tary,” Larry tells Week­end from his home in Philadel­phia.

“I out­lined what were, I thought, key mo­ments from the two tours and they flew me to Hol­ly­wood to do the film­ing.

“What’s amaz­ing about this movie is that firstly, it is to­tally hon­est, and it takes peo­ple in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, back 52 years in time to the real story of what hap­pened. When I was watch­ing the first cut of it with my wife I was shak­ing…I said to her ‘this is re­ally what it was like’, and it’s a credit to Ron

Howard that he’s put to­gether a movie that shows what hap­pened and cap­tures what it was like.

“In say­ing what it was like I’m re­fer­ring to the crowds, the fan­dom and the com­plete in­san­ity of it all.”

In 1964 The Bea­tles ar­rived in Amer­ica, and af­ter ap­pear­ing on The Ed Sul­li­van Show (watched by a record 73 mil­lion peo­ple), a na­tion went in­sane for John, Paul, Ge­orge and Ringo. Larry re­mem­bers who the au­di­ences were at the time.

“I have an idea why peo­ple re­acted the way they did,” Larry says. “Firstly there were four of them, and girls would sit in the au­di­ence star­ing at one Bea­tle, with tears stream­ing down their faces, one hun­dred per cent con­vinced that their favourite

Bea­tle was singing di­rectly to them.

“I would get home and find thou­sands of let­ters say­ing ‘Mr Kane, can you please tell Paul that I will meet him at the mall in this town at 7pm on this date, as I know we are des­tined to be to­gether’.

“They were all for one and all for each other. The rea­son that hap­pened was that they were trapped in this co­coon of se­cu­rity, with no chance to see the places they wanted to see, and their so­cial life was fol­lowed con­stantly.”

At the end of the 1965 tour, The Bea­tles an­nounced they were no longer go­ing to per­form live, some­thing Larry wasn’t sur­prised about.

“No, I wasn’t sur­prised,” Larry said. “There were empty seats at shows, lots of crazi­ness go­ing on, and they thought they were be­com­ing a car­ni­val act. They wanted the mu­sic to be the most im­por­tant thing, they wanted to sim­ply cre­ate beau­ti­ful mu­sic. I’m con­vinced that if they had all stayed healthy that one day they would have re­forme . There is no ‘I’ in ‘team’, and that’s the way they played it.”

Larry re­calls one par­tic­u­lar event that sums up his ca­reer, and how The Bea­tles touched ev­ery­one in the 1960s.

“I’ve in­ter­viewed ev­ery pres­i­dent since LBJ, and The Bea­tles was the one story that I didn’t want to cover. Yet it turned out to be the most re­ward­ing... in terms of writ­ing, a per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence, the en­joy­ment and also test­ing my mer­its as a jour­nal­ist.

“In 1980, about four days be­fore the US elec­tion, Jimmy Carter had lost the lead to Ronald Rea­gan. I’m do­ing an in­ter­view live on TV with Pres­i­dent Carter, and we cut to a break. This man was ex­tremely de­pressed, he knew he was get­ting kicked out of of­fice. He was so down­trod­den.

“He looked over at me and said ‘Larry can you do me a favour? When this is over can we sit down and you can tell me what The Bea­tles were re­ally like?’” The Bea­tles: Eight Days A Week is in cin­e­mas now for one week only.

DID YOU KNOW? Len­non and McCart­ney wrote The Rolling Stones’ first hit, I Wanna Be Your Man.


The Beatles pic­tured in Wash­ing­ton DC in a scene from The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Tour­ing Years.

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