Press Release 7th February 2017: Previously unseen footage of The Beatles playing in Montreal during their first tour of North American found lying in a drawer after 52 years.
The colour cine footage from their Montreal performance on 8th September 1964, was filmed by the father of one the “The Four Frenchmen”, who were one of the opening acts for the show and is the only known recoding from the gig.
The ten minute long recording shows the heavy police presence, which had been enhanced due to reported death threats received by Ringo Starr, back stage scenes of the fab four, footage of the supporting acts, the Beatles performance and subsequent press conference.
The 8mm tape was discovered by the camera man’s grandson, Ron Notarangelo, after his grandfather recently passed away and is expected to sell for over £10,000 when it comes up for sale (with full copyright) as part of Omega Auctions annual Beatles Auction next month.
According to auctioneer, Paul Fairweather “this is an incredible find of great historical importance as there is no known footage from this performance, together with the fact that it is so clear and in colour, which is rare for the early 60s.”
The following images and film clip may be used for editorial purposes only and must reference the auction by Omega Auctions 18th March 2017.