Way back when I was a really little girl, Ed Sullivan introduced us to four Lads from Liverpool, England. John, Paul, George and Ringo. I remember my silly sister kissing the TV screen when they showed Paul, and I recall dancing around like a mini maniac! The Beatles were here, and we American’s loved them.
Right from the start I loved their music. My older brother and sister got their records and played them, and the radio seemed to be filled with the latest Beatles tunes.
My cousin, Janet and I would not play Barbie and Ken, with our dolls, no they were usually John and Paul and their girlfriends.
As the years passed the band broke up. Somehow, we all learned to live without new Beatles music. In fact we enjoyed what the guys produced individually. And there was always the hope. The hope that they would get back together, one more time.
Then we lost two of the Liverpool Lads to great tragedy. One was murdered the other died of cancer. At that moment, the Beatles were no more and we knew we would never have a chance to see them perform again.
Then my cousin sent me a text a few weeks ago and asked me if I was interested in going to see “The Mersey Beatles”? This group of guys are Liverpool born and raised, and their love of The Fab Four are about as deep as my own. I thought about it for about 30 seconds and said yes!
We opted to get tickets to sit at a table so we could have dinner, and watch the show. This proved to be an excellent idea, as the food was terrific and the service was friendly and fast!
Our seats were close to the sound man, and he was quite nice. A teacher in our local schools, who picks up extra work doing the sound for shows at The Flying Monkey.
Before the show started I met Julia Baird. She is John Lennon’s younger sister and she was quite charming. We spoke for a while and she talked about Liverpool and the events planned throughout the year to celebrate The Beatles. She encouraged me to come on over.
We ate our dinner, and then the show started. First Julia came out and introduced the group, and how they came to be.
Then the lights came up and the boys ran out, and the night began.
Janet and I sang every song, we clapped our hands and stomped our feet and even got up and danced. This group performed for us for nearly three hours, with only two breaks for costume changes.
They also seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as we were enjoying this walk down memory lane. “Twist and Shout” was one of their bigger hits last night, with every single concert goer on their feet, singing and dancing along with the group!
I sang every song, and when I closed my eyes I almost felt I’d fallen back in time and was listening to The Fab Four once again.
I babbled all the way home with phrases like, “Best concert ever”, to “Can you believe how great that was?” and I am sure there was even more. Not sure Janet got much in edgewise. I was just filled with happiness and excitement!
If you ever hear of the Mersey Beatles playing in your area, get tickets and go! HERE is their Web page and here you will find their schedule. Come on, look up their schedule and go! You will not be sorry.