New Beatles’ ‘Get Back’ movie will feature complete 1969 Apple Corps’ rooftop concert

News 19/03/2020

The entire concert performed by the Beatles on the rooftop of their London offices in 1969 will be included in the upcoming The Beatles: Get Back film.

Playing at lunchtime on 29th January, 1969, the Fab Four took to the rooftop of Apple Corps' headquarters at 3 Savile Row. With Billy Preston on keyboards, the band played nine takes of the same five songs. There were two attempts at both 'Don't Let Me Down' and 'I've Got a Feeling', and three takes of Get Back - the last of which being interrupted by police coming to shut down the performance. They also played 'One After 909' and 'Dig a Pony' once each. 

About half of the 42-minute long set made its way into the original Let It Be movie. Take one of 'I've Got a Feeling', 'One After 909' and 'Dig a Pony' also made their way onto the Let It Be album, while the final version of Get Back was released on Anthology 3.

In a press release revealing the details of the documentary, it was announced that the full rooftop performance would be included. Through the restoration of footage and using unreleased audio and video, director Peter Jackson, with the Beatles' approval, is reportedly trying to change the long-held narrative that the group was falling apart at the time.

"I'm really looking forward to this film," said Ringo Starr. "Peter is great, and it was so cool looking at all this footage. There were hours and hours of us just laughing and playing music, not at all like the version that came out. There was a lot of joy, and I think Peter will show that. I think this version will be a lot more peace and loving, like we really were."

The Beatles: Get Back documentary film will be released on 4th September.