Gig review: BOOTLEG BEATLES – Royal Albert Hall, 1 June 2017

The Bootleg Beatles were performing tonight with the Liverpool Philharmonic to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic albums of all time, ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. The sold out Royal Albert Hall provides a suitably grandiose setting for the evening.

The poet Roger McGough started the evening off with a potted history of the Beatles and their musical influences which led up to the making of the album. Of course Roger McGough is no stranger himself to the pop charts having been a member of the Scaffold (who also featured Paul McCartney’s brother Mike in their ranks). He had an easy storytelling style adding in a few one liners and some of his poetry.

The Bootleg Beatles have been touring since 1980 and feature none of the original members – perhaps that makes them a tribute act of themselves?!

Having a full orchestra was a master stroke as they played a series of snippets from songs that influenced the Beatles. After this the Bootleg Beatles took to the stage, each one dressed as the Beatles appeared on the album cover. Strange to think that for such a classic album the original band never performed it live.

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TRAVELLING WILBURYS on streaming and vinyl in June

On June 3 all the Travelling Wilburys music will be available on streaming services for the first time. Plus ‘The Traveling Wilburys Collection’, a box set originally released in 2007 by Rhino, is released on the same day by Concord Bicycle Music.

The set includes the band’s two studio albums, ‘Vol. 1’ and ‘Vol. 3’, both with bonus songs, and a DVD of the band’s promo videos and a documentary on the band.

Formats: a limited edition numbered 2-CD/DVD box set; a standard 2-CD/DVD set; deluxe 180-gram vinyl box and as high-resolution downloads.

The Travelling Wilburys Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Roy Orbsion, George Harrison, Bob Dylan – only existed between 1988 and 1990. The released two studio albums, ‘Vol. 1’ which topped the Australian charts and made number 3 in the US, three times platinum. the band were dealt a massive blow when Roy Orbison passed away at the end of 1988. Del Shannon was rumoured to be his replacement, although nothing ever came of that.

The follow-up ‘Vol. 3′ (which I have never really liked as much as the excellent debut), fared less well sales wise. It was called ‘Vol. 3’ as there was a bootleg supposedly around at the time, which was referred to as ‘Vol. 2’ by the band. The collection set topped the UK charts back in 2007 and earned a platinum disc. Sadly they never did get to tour.

A great supergroup and they left a legacy of music that still sounds good today.