Thursday, April 25, 2024

Exclusive: The Beatles 50th Anniversary “Let it Be” Project Will Come in the Fall, Not this May on the Actual Dates


For everyone who’s been waiting and wondering about the Beatles’ 50th anniversary of “Let it Be,” we have to let it be for now.

The actual anniversary of the album’s release is May 8th, and the Michael Lindsay-Hogg movie came out on May 13, 1970.

But I’m told the whole 50th anniversary celebration will occur in the fall, not this spring. There are two reasons.

One reason is that no work has been done yet on the mixing, remixing and so on of the original album, the original movie’s soundtrack, or the Peter Jackson documentary. The mixing sessions are set for this July. It shouldn’t take too long. At this point Giles Martin and his crew know exactly what they’re doing.

The other reason is that all these expensive packages will be aimed at a holiday release. They’re a waste of time in May for Apple Records and for retailers. If they come in October, they’ll be part of the Christmas shopping madness. It makes more sense all around.

Hey, we’ve waited this long. Another few months won’t hurt anyone!

PS If there are any abrupt changes, we’ll be on it.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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