VisitLiverpool came to New York City last night to celebrate The Beatles at the site of the old Paramount Theatre (now the Hard Rock Cafe), the last venue the band played in on their 1964 US tour.
The Cavern Club Beatles tribute band played two sets to a packed house of travel journos and travel agents--one early and one late Beatles.
For our money the early Hard Day's Night-era set was best. As dyed-in-the-black-turtleneck-wool fans will tell you, the Fab Four never played Sgt. Pepper or Strawberry Fields-era songs in concert--by that time, they were a purely studio band.
There was also a stir when a "real Ringo" looking dude came out and played a set to huge applause and flashing backward selfies from the front row. Almost all of these were taken by kids too young to know that the "real Ringo" was just another "tributary."
Real or fake, the band brought Ed Sullivan days (complete with John's spread-legged power stance and CutePaul headshakes) to life and for a brief moment of time all we wanted to do was hold their hands!