To celebrate the release of The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years on DVD, Blu-ray and 2 Disc Special Edition, DIY where whisked away to the birth place of The world’s most famous band, Liverpool, to spend some time as Beatles Tourists as we were taken on a tour of the city.
Our first stop on our day long tour of this historic city was The Beatles Story, the world’s largest permanent exhibition telling the story of how four young lads from Liverpool went on to become the most cherished musicians of all time. Since opening its doors in 1990, the exhibition has quadrupled in size and has seen a staggering 4 million people from over 100 countries through its doors. Each section of the exhibition takes us from the boy’s early humble beginnings to conquering the world with recreations of important locations such as the Merseybeat office, The Cashbah Club, The Cavern Club and Abbey Road Studios.
On display is a copious amount of Beatles memorabilia and instruments used by the fab four throughout their career. The icing on the cake comes in the form of video interviews from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison (George Harrison’s Widow) and Yoko Ono and the Living History audio guides are narrated by Lennon’s own Sister, Julia. In true northern style our hosts keep us watered and fed with a delicious afternoon tea to set us up for the rest of our day.
From here we hopped onto a big psychedelic coach at the Albert Dock for a two hour Magical Mystery Tour around the beautiful city of Liverpool. With our highly amusing and entertaining tour guide Neil at the helm, we were given a rundown of various locations that have strong connections to the fab four which included the childhood home of Ringo Starr, George Harrison’s birthplace, Penny Lane, where we had the opportunity of being real tourists by stopping off and having our picture taken.
Next up on the magical mystery tour was St Peters Church Hall, where Paul and John met for the first time, Strawberry Fields, The home John Lennon grew in with his Aunt Mimi, Paul’s last Liverpool home and the former colleges of The Beatles including the John Lennon Art College and LIPA with the last stop on the tour bringing us to the legendary Cavern Club.
Before entering this legendary music venue which has seen some of the greatest musicians grace its stage over the years, Musicians such as The Beatles, Oasis, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Eric Clapton, Adele and so many more, we were again given a fascinating history talk about the club and how it had been demolished at street level but after Lennon’s death found, the underground part of the club was still very much intact allowing the Cavern Club to be rebuilt in honour of the Beatles. Once inside we were given another tour around the VIP section where, back in 1999 Paul McCartney returned to perform one last time with what we could now call a super group of David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Mick Green, Ian Paice (Deep Purple) and Pete Wingfield, all rounded off by a beverage (or two) and a live performance of a few Beatles songs.
The whole tour is fit for any avid Beatles fan but even if you’re not a fan there is still something quite magical about Liverpool and the Beatles on this trip that is not just fascinating but a completely nostalgic trip into the birth of rock n roll and the greatest band to ever come out of Britain.
The Beatles: Eight Day A Week is out on DVD, Blu-ray and Two Disc Special Edition now.