The Beatles: Get Back documentary teased by Peter Jackson
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Legendary drummer Ringo Starr was promoting his new EP, Zoom In, this morning when he appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Zoe Ball. The former member of The Beatles was keen to discuss how his record came about, but couldn’t help but talk about his upcoming documentary, Get Back. Lord of the Rings director Jackson has taken on the mammoth task of combing through over 56 hours of film footage to create a spiritual successor to the 1970 film Let It Be.
Get Back will show the final recording days of the band, who broke up shortly after their last album, Let It Be, was released.
Ringo told Zoe he was thrilled by the footage he had already seen from the movie.
He explained Paul McCartney visited him in Los Angeles to show him some snippets from the upcoming film.
He said: “Well, I’ve seen as he was going through the reels, when he came to LA, he came over with his iPad and we’d look at stuff.”
Ringo went on: “We were laughing, you know, the band were having fun! We were making music, which was very serious to all of us.
“Pete [Jackson] has shown me some great footage that’s going to be in it. I promise you, you will love it.”
The first snippets of footage were revealed to fans in December 2020 when Jackson posted a video on The Beatles’ Twitter account.
During the teaser video he said: “We thought it was a good time to give you a little sneaky preview of what we’ve been working on, and the sort of vibe and the energy it has… hopefully it’ll put a smile on your face.”
The Beatles: Get Back preview released by Peter Jackson
The video, which can be seen at the top of this article, shows the band goofing around while recording their final album and generally having a good time.
The sneak-peek also served as proof the band did not dislike each other during the recording sessions.
Later in the radio interview Ringo spoke candidly about his first band, The Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group, before he joined The Beatles.
He said: “[Me and] Eddie Clayton, we were a skiffle group. He lived next door, one of those guys who can play anything really.”
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Ringo continued: “I had a snare drum and we formed a skiffle group with our friend Roy, and he just had a wooden tea chest with a pole and a string on it, he was the bass!
“That’s how we started, and we went to Germany. And that’s actually where I met The Beatles.
“I ended up in the band so… It’s like sliding doors, you never know where it’s going to go!”
The Beatle still looks back fondly on his time with the band and most recently spoke about the deaths of band mates George Harrison and John Lennon.
Harrison died in November 2001 after a battle with cancer, while Lennon was murdered in December 1980.
Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Ringo said: “We just had two sad anniversaries. George is 20 years [since] we lost him; a great friend of mine. John, 40 years for god’s sake!
“Things come around and you think what a great time and you think of days and things [that] happened.
“I always say I’m an only child and suddenly I had three brothers and we were really close. We were sort of psychic in the end.”
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