Review – Liverpool Philharmonic presents The History of the Cavern

By Chloe George and Jade Culver

Last Month the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall played host to a two-and-a-half-hour musical history of the Cavern Club. Jon Keats, director of the Cavern, described it as “A romp through 60 years of the greatest music and greatest club known to mankind”.

The performance was in aid of the charities, Cash for Kids and Children in Need.

The show was performed by The Overtures, a sixties tribute band and regular performers at the Cavern, as well as special guests who came on to impersonate some famous faces, such as Joseph Lee Jackson’s spectacular performance as Freddie Mercury. The show gave us a taster of the many musicians who have performed at the club over the years by playing some of their most iconic songs.

Getting drunk and dancing naked in the aisles was actively encouraged as the show got underway.

Mr. Keats said: “It went really well, Sunday was sold out and Monday was practically sold out, the event was great. We do not know the amount of money we raised for charity yet but we are counting fundraising over a series of events. The reception was positive; everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and seemed to think it was a fitting tribute”.

The performance started with a backdrop video of the Cavern’s early history as a Jazz club, before jumping into the venue’s most famous band, The Beatles. As The Overtures performed, the screens showed a montage of The Beatles in their early days as well as shots of Beatlemania that took the world by storm.

It then took the audience on a musical trip through Liverpool’s music scene in the 1960s playing a collection of songs from bands such as Mersey Beats, The Searchers, The Hollies and the iconic Gerry and the Pacemakers. The backdrop continued to show images of the original Cavern Club giving the older members of the audience a sense of nostalgia.

The amazing Larissa Edie, complete with a sparkling silver dress, came out to perform as the late Cilla Black, another great icon of the Cavern. During Miss Edie’s performance, the backdrop played tribute to Cilla in her sixties heyday.

The show then took the audience into the rock and roll era, going straight into the Rolling Stones along with Tony Johnson as a very convincing Mick Jagger. The Overtures then treated the audience to a collection of songs from bands such as The Who and The Kinks.

After the interval, the performance depicted sadder times with The Overtures playing somber music against a backdrop showing the original Cavern Club being demolished in 1973. This music continued as the backdrop sped through the Cavern-less years stopping at April 1984, when the new Club was opened.

The show quickly moved on to the early 80s with The Overtures performing a variety of artists such as Oasis, much to the audience’s delight, and Queen which came along with its very own Freddie Mercury, dressed in an iconic yellow suit and a union jack cape

For its final journey through the years, the show played more modern musicians such as The Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg and Larissa Edie coming on to perform as Adele.

For the finale, The Overtures performed a stunning rendition of ‘Hey Jude’, inviting all guest singers to join them, to a standing ovation.

From The Arctic Monkey’s to The Zombies, The Animals to The Yardbirds the performance was truly something to remember and a fitting tribute to ‘the most famous club in the world’.

 

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