- - Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Beatles are hitting theaters nationwide.

Recently discovered footage of the Fab Four’s first full-length concert in the United States is the subject of a new documentary, “The Beatles: The Lost Concert.”

Recorded at the District’s Washington Coliseum in February 1964 to an overbooked teenage audience of 8,000 screaming fans, the 12-song set included “She Loves You” and “I Saw Her Standing There.” The show came just two days after the group’s landmark appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

The documentary covers the band’s historic arrival in America and includes new interviews with Steven Tyler, Chuck Berry, Mark Ronson and others.

The film’s world premiere is scheduled for New York’s Ziegfield Theatre on May 6, and will be in 450 theaters nationwide on May 17 and 22.

Russell Brand urges love, compassion for addicts

Comedian Russell Brand said “love and compassion” are the key to weaning addicts off drugs.

Mr. Brand testified to a parliamentary committee in London on Tuesday about his own experience with addiction, and said society should not “discard people, write them off on methadone and leave them on the sidelines.”

During a 30-minute appearance, Mr. Brand said he believes drugs should be legalized.

He said: “I’m not a legal expert. I’m saying that, to a drug addict, the legal aspect is irrelevant. If you need to get drugs, you will. The criminal and legal status, I think, sends the wrong message. Being arrested isn’t a lesson, it’s just an administrative blip.”

Mr. Brand wore a black hat, gold chains and crosses, and a torn black vest top to the hearing.

Nugent to plead guilty in killing of Alaskan bear

Rocker and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent was expected to plead guilty Tuesday to transporting a black bear he illegally killed in Alaska.

A plea agreement with federal prosecutors signed by Mr. Nugent says he illegally shot and killed the bear in May 2009 on Sukkwan Island in southeast Alaska after wounding another bear in a bow hunt. The bow incident counted toward a state seasonal limit of one bear.

Mr. Nugent was set to participate by telephone in Tuesday’s U.S. District Court proceeding in the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan, his lawyer said.

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