LIVERPOOL LEGENDS TO HEADLINE ROSE BOWL
The Liverpool Legends are set to headline the 88th Annual AmericaFest event at the famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, July 4 to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964.
“This is such a big deal for us and sometimes we just get really lucky,” said Marty Scott, who performs as George Harrison in the group. “The (organizers) decided they wanted to do something big for this milestone and there are lots of Beatle groups in the world, but they chose us, which is very cool.”
While choosing to honor an English band during an event called AmericaFest that happens to be held on the Fourth of July may seem strange, Scott was able to put it into perspective.
“Before they came to America in 1964, the Beatles were famous in just about every other part of the world,” he said. “But in order for them to make it, they had to come here, so we’re honoring the respect and admiration the Beatles showed America by celebrating the anniversary of them coming to play here for the first time.
“This event and that day are still all about America.”
The band was hand-picked by Louise Harrison, sister of original Beatle George Harrison, who set out for southern California earlier this week to handle the numerous media requests she’s been getting in advance of this event. Scott said event organizers are expecting anywhere between 50,000 and 100,000 people to show up at the Rose Bowl.
“We’re headlining in front of that many people, which is insane,” Scott said. “To be going from our intimate home at the Caravelle Theatre here in Branson to a stadium, there’s a bit of a difference there.”
Scott said despite the daunting task of performing in front of tens of thousands of people, his fellow bandmates Bob Beahon as Paul McCartney, Kevin Mantegna as John Lennon, and Greg George as Ringo Starr, are looking forward to the experience.
“They’re all excited and ready to go,” he said. “While there are some nerves there, it’s one of those weird performer things, because sometimes it feels like it’s easier to play in front of 50,000 people than it is to play in front of 100 people.
“Smaller crowds are much more personal and I tend to get more nervous playing in my living room than doing big shows.”
As the headlining act, they are set to perform their full show.
“We’re going to get to feel what it’s like to be rock stars for 90 minutes,” he said with a laugh.
The Liverpool Legends will return to Branson for their regular schedule. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit liverpoollegends.com.