The Beatles are still considered one of the greatest musical groups of all time. Their music has influenced generations of musicians. Their last album, “Let It Be,” was said to be fraught with problems behind the scenes.
In a recent documentary for Disney+ called The Beatles: Get Back, Peter Jackson explored the making of that album using archival footage from a documentary that was made at the time the Beatles made “Let It Be” and was designed to help debunk the belief that the Fab Four did not get along during its recording. And now, a part of that documentary is getting a one-night-only IMAX release.
As a part of the documentary, Jackson included the entirety of the iconic 1969 concert from the rooftop of the Apple Corps’ Savile Row headquarters. That concert will air in a special IMAX presentation at select IMAX theaters on January 30th, the 53rd anniversary of the rooftop concert. The presentation will also feature a Q&A with Peter Jackson.
In a statement to Deadline, Jackson said, “I’m thrilled that the rooftop concert from The Beatles: Get Back is going to be experienced in IMAX, on that huge screen. It’s The Beatles’ last concert, and it’s the absolute perfect way to see and hear it.”
Select IMAX theaters will host the screenings with the filmmaker Q&A broadcast via satellite simultaneously to all connected IMAX locations.
“Ever since Peter Jackson’s beautiful and illuminating docuseries debuted, we’ve heard non-stop from fans who want to experience its unforgettable rooftop performance in IMAX,” says Megan Colligan, president of IMAX Entertainment. “We are so excited to partner with Disney to bring Get Back to an entirely new stage and give Beatles fans everywhere a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch and hear their heroes in the unrivalled sight and sound of IMAX.”
The concert, which is included in its entirety in The Beatles: Get Back, will be optimized for IMAX screens, digitally remastered with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Remastering) technology.
No one realized it at the time, but the 42-minute concert given off the rooftop of the Apple Corps’ building was the final concert the Fab Four would have together as a group.
It had been planned that the group would have a special concert when they completed “Let It Be,” but George Harrison was against a big production. Three of the songs from the performance, the first take of “I’ve Got a Feeling” and the single takes of “Dig a Pony” and “One After 909,” were added to the “Let It Be” album.
The concert happened over lunchtime, and the crowds were confused, with the police even going so far as to go up and stop the Beatles from performing. The set ended with John Lennon’s famous quip, “I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we’ve passed the audition.”
The concert happened on January 30th, 1969. By September of that year, Lennon would leave the group. The Beatles would never perform another live show after the rooftop concert.
The Beatles: Get Back is currently streaming in its entirety on Disney+.