Born Again Beatles
Sunday, 26th April 2015
Kings Heath Walk of Fame presented Beatles Fest 2015 over the Valentines weekend. The date marked the 52nd anniversary of the Fab Four’s performance at the Ritz Ballroom in 1963 shortly after releasing their second single “Please Please Me”. Legend has it that they had to enter the Ballroom via a ladder from Milford Place at the rear of the venue to avoid the screaming fans, and that George Harrison was trapped by said fans when he arrived late in a taxi, and almost didn’t make the gig.
The audience at the Born Again Beatles gig on Sunday 15th February were a little less hysterical, but thoroughly enjoyed two sets of well-performed classic hits mainly from the sixties including rock and roll covers. The sets included hits such as “Love Me Do”, “Help”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Twist and Shout”, “Back in the USSR” and “Day Tripper”.
The band dressed in classic black turtleneck jumpers for the first set, and ‘Beatles suits’ for the second part of the evening. They stayed in character and entertained with lively exchanges. Although despite ongoing encouragement to the audience to throw knickers on stage, the only flying underwear was a lone sock!
The audience was a great mixture of original fans who loved the Beatles the first time round, and younger fans enjoying the timeless tunes. The Hare and Hounds stage gave the feeling of the smoky Cavern Club in the 1960s (although since the smoking ban this does have to be achieved using a smoke machine!). The evening ended with a rousing rendition of “Hey Jude”.
The gig was held to raise money towards purchasing the old Ritz Ballroom site on York Road that burnt down in 2013 in order to build on it a new Ritz Community Arts Centre and Pop History Museum. The weekend of events also included an acoustic session at Fletchers featuring local musicians playing their favourite Beatles songs.
With thanks to Kings Heath Walk of Fame.