Thursday, February 10, 2011

More on The Beatles at the Cavern

- "The Beatles: 50 years since they first played the Cavern"

Paul McCartney returned his roots at the Cavern in December 1999 to play a one-off concert, but it wasn't on the same stage that he had played from almost 300 times in the early 1960s.

The original Cavern club closed in 1973 and was demolished to make way for a ventilation shaft for Liverpool's new underground railway loop line. The shaft was never built and the current Cavern club is recreated across three quarters of the original site, using many of the old club's bricks.

- "Beatles were paid only £5 for their first gig at Cavern Club"

Ray McFall, Cavern Club owner, later recalled: "The Beatles were different and they were very well rehearsed because they had come back from three months of torture in Hamburg. However, I didn't like them wearing jeans which were taboo in the Cavern. Our doormen would stop anyone wearing jeans. I felt that if people were wearing good, clean clothes they would be more likely to behave themselves as they wouldn't want them getting dirty and damaged."

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