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A fitting tribute.

THE Backbeat Beatles are undoubtedly one of the best Beatles tribute bands on the circuit and have built up an unrivalled reputation. The band was formed in 1994 by musician/actor Chris O''Neill, inspired by his successful acting performance in the BAFTA Award winning Beatle film "Backbeat". The lads are all from the Liverpool area and they perform with an energy and spontaneity that makes for a fun, enjoyable evening for everyone involved.

The Backbeat Beatles offer superb renditions of favourite Beatles hits from Love Me Dom through to Let It Be.

Along with this, their excellent level of musicianship and irrepressible Scouse wit and humour means that their success continues to spiral.

The band tour worldwide and have also appeared in many theatre shows, including currently The Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Show The Backbeat Beatles are: Chris O'Neill (Paul), Paul McDonough (John), Gary Harmon (George) and David Reilly (Ringo).

. For details contact: The Cavern Club 10 Mathew Street Liverpool L2 6RE or Phone: (0151) 236 9091 Fax: (0151) 236 8081 E-mail: Website: Flavour from Pepperland PEPPERLAND was the first band to cover Free as a Bird, when the song was first released, and the band also amazed the Beatle Week audience last year by playing the Las Vegas "Love" show arrangements of Beatles songs, including the opening number of their Philharmonic Hall show, the a cappella version of Because.

Lead guitarist Mikael Isacsson has performed in Liverpool for Beatle Week many times, including with his previous band Lenny Pane, and was inducted to the Beatle Week Hall of Fame last year.

In Sweden, there have been Beatles vs. Stones concerts, with Pepperland going up against Rocks Off.

Pepperland are bringing a new band member this year - Ola Johansson on H|fner bass. He comes from a heavy metal background, and although much of The Beatles songbook is a different direction for him, you can guarantee he's going to rock Helter Skelter!

Along with Mikael and Ola, Pepperland are Benny Karlsson on drums, Per Umaerus on Rickenbacker, and Olle Bengtsson on keyboard and occasional guitars. ROCK IT: Pepperland You request 'em... he'll play 'em!

CANADA''S finest is back for his 11th consecutive year at the festival. Since he began his Beatle journey to Liverpool back in 2000, he has recorded and produced four CDs dedicated to the work of his musical heroes.

The Beatles, which, of course, have had rave reviews from TV and radio alike. He has opened for groups like The Beach Boys, The Fab Faux, Rain, and many others.

He also set a world record by performing all 214 officially-released songs by The Beatles in a non-stop two-and-a-half hour medley in Cleveland, Ohio in 2004, then again in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2005 and again in Liverpool in 2006.

In 2006, Hal was inducted as the first recipient of the Beatles Hall of Fame Award in Kentucky, and was presented with a John Lennon Epiphone Casino electric guitar.

Hal has travelled the world over, performing his 1960s shows and Beatle shows to packed houses in Sweden, France, Belgium, the Caribbean, USA, Argentina, Australia and Canada, so the only natural thing for Hal to do was to bring his own festival to his home province of Nova Scotia. He started the very first Annual Maritime Beatle Event in 2006 to a packed house. Julia Baird, John Lennon''s sister, was his guest speaker.

Again in 2008, he was inducted to the first Beatle Festival Hall Of Fame Awards ceremony in Liverpool.

Come out and see his one-man shows and witness why folk keep asking him to come back year after year. You request 'em ... he'll play 'em!

.BEAPPLE are considered one of Holland's best Beatles bands. In less than three years they have become a beloved international act. Beatle Week 2009 opened the world for BeApple, leading to four sell-out gigs in November in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and invites to US Beatles festivals in Louisville and Washington.

The Eindhoven Four approach the music of The Beatles in a unique way - they try to get to the soul of the songs and relate that to every style of popular music that has come since.

Since 2009, BeApple have been accompanied by the BeApple People ("Beople People"), the band's very own fan club, many members of whom will be here with the band in Liverpool.

BeApple consists of Alain Leijtens (guitar, vocals), Cees van Rooden (drums, vocals), Rik van Stiphout (keyboard, vocals) and Niels Tiebosch (bass, guitars, vocals). They came from Rio and they're playing in a band THE story of the how the blue beetle got its coat is a South American folk tale - the story goes that the colours of the Brazilian flag are taken from the coats of green beetles and blue beetles.

These BlueBeetles may have blue coats too, but theirs are more likely to have velvet collars. The come from the magic city of Rio de Janeiro. They have been playing together since 2008, and perform a wide repertoire of Beatles songs. Fred Rios (lead guitar), Felipe Coe (drums), Mario Vitor (bass guitar) and Marcus Romariz (rhythm guitar), think The Beatles' songs can change the world - they warn people about starvation, war, and global warming through the messages and advice they contain.

As they make their Liverpool debut, The BlueBeetles have a slogan which they want to share: "A Beatle way of being and playing, a Beatle way of living". This is it.

EVERY year thousands of Fab Four fans descend on Liverpool for amusical pilgrimage. BeatleWeek has become famous around theworld as away to celebrate themusic of The Beatles. There is live entertainment during everywaking hour over a seven-day period, together with a convention, art exhibitions, festivals, concerts, flea markets, guest appearances, interviews, autograph sessions, tours, gigs an auction andmuch,much more. But it''s not just about visitors from overseas. There''s plenty for local fans to enjoy too.

Over two hundred bands will participate in this, the biggest Beatle celebration in the world. Organised by Cavern City Tours, it is an event not to be missed by Beatles fans and general music fans alike.

Here''s some of our highlights:


ON TOP OF THEWORLD: Backbeat Beatles perform on the roof of the ECHO Arena, from left to right, Charles O''Neill as Paul, Paul Mellin as George, David O, Reilly as Ringo and Paul McDonough as John LEGEND: Hal Bruce outside The Cavern Club LATIN FEVER: The Blue Beatles
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 24, 2010
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