Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Newly disovered footage from Canada

Rare colour Beatles concert footage to be auctioned off. Photo: Omega Auctions.
Previously unseen footage of The Beatles playing in Montreal during their first tour of North American found lying in a drawer after 52 years.

The colour cine footage from their Montreal performance on 8th September 1964, was filmed by the father of one the "The Four Frenchmen", who were one of the opening acts for the show and is the only known recording from the gig, according to Omega Auctions.

Concert footage. Photo courtesy of Omega Auctions.

The ten minute long recording shows the heavy police presence, which had been enhanced due to reported death threats received by Ringo Starr, back stage scenes of the fab four, footage of the supporting acts, the Beatles performance and subsequent press conference.

Press conference footage. Still image courtesy of Omega Auctions.

The 8mm tape was discovered by the camera man’s grandson, Ron Notarangelo, after his grandfather recently passed away and is expected to sell for over £10,000 when it comes up for sale (with full copyright) as part of Omega Auctions annual Beatles Auction 18th March 2017.

According to auctioneer, Paul Fairweather "this is an incredible find of great historical importance as there is no known footage from this performance, together with the fact that it is so clear and in colour, which is rare for the early 60s."


An audio recording of one of the two concerts the Beatles played in Montreal on this date also exists, you can find it on YouTube. 

The Beatles performed their standard 12-song set: Twist And Shout, You Can't Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Things We Said Today, Roll Over Beethoven, Can't Buy Me Love, If I Fell, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Boys, A Hard Day's Night and Long Tall Sally.

YouTube: Archive footage from the press conference. Radio Canada

After the night's second show the group were to have flown from Montreal to Jacksonville, Florida, but their Lockheed Electra aeroplane was diverted due to Hurricane Dora.

Link: Omega Auctions' Beatles Auction

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