At last, a newly unearthed Beatles session that wasn’t stolen and missing for 30 years. This one dates back to 1994, and while it’s missing John Lennon (who died in 1980), it marked the first time — and the last time — that Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr performed together after the band broke up in 1970. It’s the jam session from ”Anthology,” the Beatles’ massive TV and CD retrospective, and it’ll be released in its entirety on DVD in March, McCartney announced on Tuesday.
While a brief clip of the performance was included in the 1996 ”Anthology” video, the full session has never been released. Recorded at the Oxfordshire home studio of Harrison (who died in 2001), the session is an hour long and includes a number of covers the band used to play in its pre-fame years in the early 1960s, like ”Blue Moon of Kentucky,” ”Ain’t She Sweet,” and ”Thinking of Linking.”
McCartney timed the news of the DVD with an announcement of the latest leg of his successful ”Back in the World” tour. The ”Back in the US” portion, which crisscrossed North America last year, was one of the top-grossing tours of 2002. The European tour, beginning in April, will include McCartney’s first shows in his homeland in a decade, followed by dates in France, Spain, Scandinavia, and Germany.