On the 50th anniversary of ‘Sgt peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ being released, I was lucky enough to be playing on the River Mersey with my Beatles Tribute “Paperback Writers” to a sellout of 250+ Beatles fans aboard the Mersey Ferry.
We set off from Seacombe Ferry at 7.50pm with half the people aboard & headed to Liverpool’s Pier Head to pick up the rest of the entourage. By 8.10pm we were all singing our hearts out to the opening line of the album, albeit with a slight tweak for the special gig “It was 50 years ago today, Sgt Pepper taught the band to play…”
The vessel for the evening was the ‘Razzle Dazzle’ ferry which strangely enough was designed by Sir Peter Blake, the artist responsible for the iconic “Sgt Peppers” artwork. Dressed in Sgt Peppers uniforms, we played, we sang & we swayed on the River Mersey until we came back into view of the incredible Liverpool skyline at 10pm, illuminated under a dusky sky.
An incredible night, we can’t wait to do it all again although we’re not sure we can wait until the 60th anniversary!