|Top billed Searchers close out Liverpool Beatles festival|
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Tuesday, 09/01/09 4:38 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
The Searchers returned to Liverpool to perform Tuesday afternoon and evening performances at the Cavern Club back stage before packed standing room only audiences.
Hal Bruce from Canada opened the concert followed by The Repeatles from Sweden playing second before The Searchers came on. They were enthusiastically received by a mixed crowd of people of all ages and countries. They have been playing for 47 years and the lead singer says, "it doesn't get any easier after 47 years" touring and they are still in demand around the world and in the UK and have a hectic schedule touring and performing.
The Searchers have had record sales in excess of 40 million over 47 years and have influenced many bands such as Tom Petty, The Byrds, Bruce Springsteen and The Ramones all of whom happily credit them. One only wonders what the Beatles' record sales could have been if they had stayed together and continued recording and touring.
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16 MerseyBeat bands in one concert
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This was no dream but a fantastic one of a kind concert that spanned over 10 hours, and brought back together once popular MerseyBeat bands such as the Bumblies, Searchin, and many others in the name of helping to raise money for the MerseyCats, a charitable organization that raises money for children's charities. The sold out concert took place Sunday at the Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool.
|Jackie Lomax with the Undertakers|
Liverpool rocker Jackie Lomax was reunited with his original bandmates of The Undertakers to steal the show. Bands such as The Shakers played Beatles classics that rocked the audience. Jackie traveled from Southern California to play at the Liverpool Beatles Festival and performed as a solo act Friday night at the O2 Academy and also with the Undertakers at both the Mathew Street Festival and the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Casbah Club.
Long-time Beatles pal and business associate Tony Bramwell was on hand to sign books and made a special presentation about his work as road manager for the Beatles and his work with other MerseyBeat groups such as Gerry and the Pacemakers who were also managed by former Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Tony joked that "it took longer for him to travel by train (8 hours) from Devon to Liverpool than it does to travel by plane (6 hours) to New York City."
To find out more about the MerseyCats, visit www.merseycats.com.
Beatles bands rock Liverpool Mathew Street Festival
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Sunday, 08/30/09 10:01 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
What sheer joy it is to be listening to great Beatles classics with thousands of people in the streets of Liverpool where the audience participates in the closing verses of Hey Jude by everyone clapping with arms raised overhead. The audience was a mixed crowd of young people, children, parents and older fans.
The Beatles tribute band "The Greets" based in Argentina, that I told you about in my previous Beatles News Blog post, played classic Beatles songs to an enthusiastic crowd at the sound stage located in Derby Square which features a Liverpool landmark of a statue of Queen Victoria in the background. This sound stage, one of six scattered in Liverpool's city center, featured bands playing mostly Beatles music at Sunday's Mathew Street Festival.
Not every band did just Beatles classics, an American band from Seattle in the state of Washington, AppleJam, played a mix of Wings music but also tried playing a few rarities of songs written by Lennon-McCartney but never recorded or were recorded by other bands.
Only in Liverpool, birthplace of the Beatles. Check out what's happening on the last day of the Mathew Street Festival.
Latin American bands rock Liverpool Beatles Festival
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Many bands traveled over 7,000 miles from South America to attend the Liverpool Beatles Festival this weekend brought with them their incredible energy and a rocking beat that drove audiences wild last night.
The Greets, a band from Cordoba, Argentina, went wild on stage jumping, clapping, and getting the audience to sing along when they performed at the back stage in the Cavern Club. They played a wide range of songs from All My Loving to A Day in the Life with improvised and exciting sound effects and Eleanor Rigby to Revolution.
|Paul and John of The Brothers|
Across the alley at the Cavern pub, The Brothers, also from Argentina, were rocking to packed audiences who squeezed in to be a part and enjoy. The Brothers band has a lead singer who looks very much like Paul and the other singer wearing a cap looks very much like John and they also sounded very much like Paul and John as well.
Up the street at the Adelphi hotel which is the center of the Beatles festival, another band, Clube Big Beatles from Brazil, was rocking audiences with a powerful backbeat as they belted out classics such as You Can't Do That. They were inducted into the Beatle Week Hall of Fame last year, and this year is their 18th anniversary of playing at the Liverpool Festival.
The Liverpool Beatles Festival is truly international, with bands from all over the world travelling many thousands of miles away to celebrate Beatles music and to have a good time. Last night, the bands from Latin America really brought the house wherever they played with their energy, their music, their passion for Beatles music and being here in Liverpool to share this with their fans.
Apple gives sneak preview of Beatles Remastered in Liverpool
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Apple staff, on behalf of EMI, gave a sneak preview to show how the new remastered versions of Beatles' classic songs changes the listening experience for the better to small audiences in the Adephi Hotel at the Liverpool Beatles Festival today. Apple presenter Debbie Pearson described the early feedback to the remastered versions as extremely positive and that listeners have said it was like removing layers of dust from the tracks so you can now hear everything and much more clearly.
Starting with the Beatles' early songs, they played 15 seconds of the old mono mix of Beatles' song then followed by 15 seconds of the remastered version. The remastered versions of the oldest Beatles songs were dramatically improved by the remastering process such as Twist and Shout, Till There Was You and Can't Buy Me Love. In Eight Days a Week you can hear the clapping louder which was barely audible before and the sound is fuller, richer, less tinny and more precise.
|Debbie Pearson playing remastered tracks for the fans|
With later songs, you can hear a greater range of sounds previously faded or fuzzy but now vibrant and fuller. In particular the remastered version of Taxman has transformed the song into a real rocker and the drumming, bass is stronger than it was before. In the Beatles classic Come Together the remaster brings John's vocals closer to the listener like he's right there in the room singing just for you, over 40 years ago in 1969.
Debbie also showed a brief one minute trailer that American television audiences will be seeing in the months ahead, a delightful collage of photo and song bits of the very best of the Beatles has to offer. She also said that a new overhaul of the www.thebeatles.com website will be unveiled later this week.
When I asked Debbie why the Beatles catalog wasn't remastered many years ago, she explained that the remastering project took EMI/Apple 4 years to complete and that the music for the Las Vegas Cirque Du Soleil show "LOVE" is just a remix.