08/03/2005: Deja vu all over again....
From my best buddy Dave (still holding down the fort in St. Louis) I learn that as part of the "Final Season in Busch Stadium" festivities, they held a re-enactment (of sorts), by Beatles
impersonators homage band "Liverpool Legends", of the last concert The Beatles played at Busch Stadium. The show took place before last Monday's Cardinals-Marlins game.
It was "Yesterday" all over again in downtown St. Louis.Interestingly enough, unlike, say, a lot of Elvis impersonators and other acts which play to the seemingly endless nostalgia for defunct rock singers and acts, the "Liverpool Legends" have a connection of sorts to the originals:
Nearly 40 years after the Beatles played to some 23,000 fans on a soggy August evening, the not-quite-so-Fab Four returned for an encore performance Tuesday at Busch Stadium.
It was a decidedly drier - and significantly less frenetic - atmosphere that greeted the mop-haired look-alikes as they played to a small, but appreciative, gathering before Tuesday night's Cardinals-Marlins game.
The Liverpool Legends are managed by Louise Harrison, sister of the late George Harrison. Harrison said before Tuesday's concert that she was a young mother when she attended the Busch Stadium concert on Aug. 21, 1966, not long after the stadium opened.
She described the atmosphere that evening as electric.
"We were all mobbed," she said. "My children were 4 and 6 at the time and, to this day, they don't like to get into crowds."
Harrison, who makes her home near Mount Vernon, Ill., said she travels with the Liverpool Legends, a Chicago-based group, as a loving tribute to her brother and the other Beatles.
"The whole Beatles experience has been very positive for me, as it has been for the entire planet," she said. "Theirs was a message of love and peace, and it may be even more important today than it was back then."
Len on 08.03.05 @ 09:40 AM CST