Beatles music video for Now And Then drops: Fans are stunned by poignant Peter ... trends now
The stunning video for new Beatles track Now and Then has been released online to the delight of millions of fans.
In just 15 minutes of being on Youtube, the video garnered more than 60,000 views.
It includes the earliest ever footage of the band, filmed in a Merseyside church hall in 1962, before they became the world's most famous rock stars and manager Brian Epstein convinced them to all wear smart suits.
Pete Best, The Beatles' drummer before Ringo star, has handed the cine camera footage - which shows the Beatles dressed in leather - to his former band with the help of his brother Roag.
Roag said he purchased the silent footage from a man who filmed the performance at St Paul's Presbyterian Church Hall in Birkenhead in February 1962, eight months before they released their debut single.
The song itself was released yesterday and has already been listened to by 5million on YouTube and millions more on streaming platforms.
It is the Beatles' final song and features music from John, Paul, Ringo and George.
It has received rave reviews from fans all over the world, many of whom admitted crying when they heard it for the first time.
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The stunning video for new Beatles track Now and Then has been released online
The clip - directed by the acclaimed Peter Jackson - blends moving archive footage of the Fab Four with shots of Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo Starr recording new segments for the song
It includes the earliest ever footage of the band, filmed in a Merseyside church hall in 1962, before they became the world's most famous rock stars and manager Brian Epstein convinced them to all wear smart suits
Three-time Oscar-winner Peter Jackson, who directed Lord of the Rings, has improved the quality of the footage and Roag told BBC News 'it looks absolutely fantastic'.
Mr Jackson and his team were instrumental in the production of Now And Then. They used new technology and AI software – the same that was used on Jackson’s innovative 2021 Beatles documentary Get Back – to isolate John Lennon's vocals from his piano so it could be used without distortion.
Meanwhile Beatles superfans queued into the night to get their hands on the vinyl single at a special midnight launch event in Liverpool.
First in line was John Lennon, who changed his name from Alan Williams in April 2022.
The video also includes what Jackson describes as 'a few precious seconds of the Beatles performing in their leather suits, the earliest known film of the Beatles and never seen before.'
It is understood to be the only known footage of the band performing in the leather suits they wore before they skyrocketed to fame.
'The lads are rocking backwards and forwards with guitars, mouths to the microphones, singing,' Roag Best said.
It is also the only video from before Pete Best was replaced by Ringo Starr in August 1962, but his brother says he is not visible in the footage.
'From a family perspective, I went, "Ah, come on!" One of the guys is actually standing in front of