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Enjoy a special performance from musicians representing the Merseybeat sounds across the ages – led by Alan Noone of The Riot Squad, SKY, Mark Peters Method, Steve Alan Set and more of the original bands that played the Liverpool venues from 1961 – 1964. Alan will be joined by a line-up of special guests, still performing from that era in our Cockpit Theatre. –‘The Other Guys” come together with a full band selected for this special performance from across the North West.
The show ‘Some Other Guys’ takes its name from the book of the same title that celebrated all the young men and women who came together to perform in Liverpool 60 years ago and create the global phenomenon that was the Mersey beat sound.
Not all became household names, but all made their mark, and some of those ‘other guys’ are still playing today. Alan, supported by special guests, that share his vintage, and a full band including alumni from Liverpool Institute or Performing Arts (LIPA) tells the story in songs. From covers of the USA rhythm and blues imported albums that got the city singing and dancing, to the Merseyside originals that rocked the world, and still do today. (also a great opportunity to reunite some old names and friends of Liverpool in the place they really did call home 60 years ago!)
60 years ago, The Cavern was the centre of the universe for the embryonic music that was to take over the world. The Merseybeat, the heart, soul and sounds of Liverpool were about to explode across the globe. In February 1961, The Beatles did their first performance at the Cavern under that name, and a year later their first televised performance was recorded by Granada, and by the end of 1962 had made 262 performances helping The Cavern become the most famous club in the World.
However, the Liverpool music scene and the Merseybeat musical genre was so much more than the goliath that was The Beatles alone. Playing live music lunchtimes and evenings the Cavern and many other club and pub venues across the city were a haven for music lovers and performers alike, and so many great names from across the North West emerged from that scene making music that still resonates with fans young and old 60 years later, making many household names of singers and musicians today, that cut their musical teeth on those legendary stages.
Their story was captured in the Manfred Kaufman book “Some Other Guys” and many of those performers have led long and full lives, and a few, even now in their 70’s and 80’s are still performing. In 1962 a young drummer from Prescot called Alan Noone stepped on to the stage in the Cavern Club for the first time. Just 16 years old it was the start of a long career that saw him play alongside The Riot Squad, SKY, Mark Peters Method, Steve Alan Set and more. The epitome of the “Some other Guys” famed for creating and developing the Mersey Sound, he would never walk alone. Hundreds of young men and women from the Liverpool area, picked up a guitar, a drum, a brass instrument, or a microphone and made their claim to fame on the stages of Liverpool and Manchester. And many are still playing today.
Alan thought it was time some of the other guys had one more shot on a famous stage in Liverpool, and where better than the magnificent surroundings of the Shakespeare North Playhouse, only recently completed and built within just a few hundred yards of his childhood family home, to hear and enjoy the songs and sounds as they were originally intended.
Alan has pulled together a fantastic band to provide a platform for some additional special guests, still to be announced, that 60 years ago staked their claim to this history. The Shakespeare North Playhouse is proud to be able to welcome them back to perform again for a special night to remember back to when it all started. The show’s producer and writer Steve Willock will take us through this formative history as your host and compare, with live interviews with guests and a whole lot of live music over two hours!
The Other Guys are backed by The Gillan Edgar band and extended to some younger musicians including Jim Wilson, an established UK guitarist and recording artist, who is a graduate of Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Daisy Kate, a popular UK and international performing vocalist, pianist and guitarist and Musical Director, Pianist, Guitarist, Vocalist and self-confessed 1960’s music ‘nut’. Gillan Edgar to curate the show.
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