The Beatles fans in tears over music video they say is 'perfect finale'

The video for Now And Then sees the band members reunited on stage

The Beatles performing on stage, circa 1963. Left to right: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison (1943 - 2001) and John Lennon (1940 - 1980). (Photo by King Collection/Photoshot/Getty Images)
The Beatles on stage in 1963. (King Collection/Photoshot/Getty Images)

Music fans were in tears as The Beatles were brought back together in the music video for what is thought to be their last song.

Remaining band members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have unveiled Now And Then, a track that has taken decades to complete after its demo was penned by late band member John Lennon back in 1978.

It has been described by many as their final ever song.

They have now released the accompanying video, which used technology to reunite them with Lennon, who was shot and killed at the age of 40 in 1980, and George Harrison, who died in 2001 aged 58 after battling cancer.

Directed by Oscar winner Peter Jackson, the video includes previously unseen footage of the foursome early in their careers, and shows them all performing on stage together.

It ends with them all taking a bow after a performance, before they fade away, leaving the stage empty.

The moving video had many fans in tears as they said how “stunning” it was.

“That was WAY better and more emotional that I could ever have imagined and I can relate to that on so many levels,” one person said on YouTube.

“I'm actually crying now. What a finale.

"Thanks lads, all of you. I love you and I always will.”

“That final shot brought tears to my eyes… bravo boys, you really did make it to the top,” said someone else.

Another said: “This went from touching to cheeky and ended emotional. Wow. That was perfect.

"That final shot of the empty stage really got me.”

One fan said the video “could not have been any more beautiful or emotional”.

File photo dated 15/09/16 of Sir Paul McCartney (right) and Sir Ringo Starr at the Odeon Leicester Square in London. McCartney and Starr have spoken of their
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr together. (PA Images/Alamy)

“Simply amazing that the technology exists to bring them all back together one final time!” said another.

One fan wrote on X: “I can NOT stop sobbing.

"It hits every single emotion from start to finish. Wow. I need to decompress because it’s so brilliant but so final. But a perfect finale.

"Thanks, lads @PaulMcCartney @ringostarrmusic and Peter Jackson.

"Such a gift.”

What did Peter Jackson say about making music video?

New Zealand film maker Peter Jackson arrives for the world premiere of his film
Peter Jackson was initially reluctant to take on the job. (Pool via REUTERS)

Jackson, a Beatles fan, told The Standard that he was initially “reluctant” to make the video and that just thinking about the responsibility “produced a collection of anxieties almost too overwhelming to deal with”.

Hewas new to making music videos and said he did not want to let anyone down.

"It was going to be far easier to do a runner," he said.

However, the filmmaker didn’t expressly say no and found himself swept along.

Jackson said that now that it has been completed, he feels “genuine pride” over the video.

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