Back in December 2010, I posted about the Washington Coliseum - the site of the Beatles’ first US concert, and how it was a rundown parking garage now. A new documentary entitled The Lost Beatles Concert is making its debut in theaters across the US on May 17th and 22nd. Here in DC it’ll be playing at the AFI in Silver Spring.
The documentary includes the entire concert, glimpses of which can be seen in the Maysles’ Brothers documentary The First US Visit. If you’ve seen clips of them having to lift Ringo’s kit and turn it to face the other side of the audience, you’ve seen clips from this concert. Apparently one month after the show, in March 1964, the concert was run on closed circuit across the country - and then the master tapes went missing for 45 years.
This sounds like an amazing film, although I’m dubious about some of the folks they elected to interview: Duffy, The Strokes, Mark Ronson? Anyway, click here for the film’s official site. Or find your local screening here.
I pass by this building every day on the Red Line Metro, not realizing what it was - let alone its place in rock history. The DCist blog recently had an article on the former Washington Coliseum, aka Uline Arena. That led me to this gorgeous photoset on Flickr, taken in 2008. The Maysles brothers did a documentary on that show, riding with them on the train to New York City. The Fab Four played that concert less than 48 hours after their earth-shaking Ed Sullivan Show appearance.
An interesting further bit of rock trivia: the cover photo for Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits was taken at a show at the Washington Coliseum.
Please check out that Flickr set of photos; I cannot link to them directly to show you one, but you can see what the building looked like in February 2008. They are well done and gorgeous. It will fascinate you.