January 16 is the day chosen by many lovers of the Beatles to pay tribute to the band that changed the world of music in the 1960s. This date coincides with the opening of The Cavern Club, the legendary bar where the British quartet debuted. However, many other followers consider that Beatles Day is July 6, the date on which John Lennon and Paul McCartney met; While there are those who prefer to celebrate it on July 10, coinciding with the triumphant return of the band to Liverpool after their successful tour in the United States in 1964.
To celebrate this day, Musement has compiled a selection of key places in the history of Beatlemania, hoping that on the next two dates dedicated to the Beatles in 2021 it will be possible to visit them.
The Beatles Story Exhibition, Liverpool
“The Beatles Story” is the largest permanent exhibition dedicated to the legendary British band. Visitors to this popular Liverpool attraction will be able to travel back in time to the 1960s, thanks to the replicas of Casbah, Abbey Road Studios, The Cavern, and other locations that played a key role in the career of the Fab Four. The exhibition reviews the childhood of the four members of the group, the beginnings of the band, their rise to absolute success and their solo careers.
The Cavern Club, Liverpool
Cavern Club, the legendary club, which opened its doors for the first time on January 16, 1957, is a place of pilgrimage for fans of The Beatles. The band made their first performance here in 1961, and between that year and 1963, they took to its stage 292 times! Today, the club continues to support new talent and is a benchmark in the musical sphere of Great Britain.
Magical Mystery Sightseeing Tour, Liverpool
Magical Mystery Sightseeing Tour is probably the most popular tour in the city of Liverpool. For two hours, band lovers can visit the most emblematic places of the city with an expert guide to learn in depth the history of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Some of the most iconic stops are: Ringoland, Penny Lane, St. Peter’s Church, Strawberry Fields or Cavern Club, as well as the houses where the artists grew up or the schools they attended.
The Beatles-Platz, Hamburgo
The Beatles-Platz is the square, whose floor resembles a vinyl record, houses the life-size statues of the band members. Hamburg, and especially the St. Pauli neighborhood, played a crucial role in the group’s career. Before Beatlemania broke out, Liverpool artists spent two years tanning on the small stages of clubs like Indra and Star-Club.
Abbey Road, Londres
The cover of The Beatles’ twelfth album made the zebra crossing in front of the Abbey Road recording studios world famous. Although it is not a monument or a historical building, its importance is such that the pedestrian crossing was declared a protected heritage of the city. Another landmark in London is the British Library, which houses six John Lennon manuscripts, including the lyrics to the songs “In My Life”, “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “She Said She Said”.
Wall of John Lennon, Prague
After the assassination of John Lennon in 1980, this wall located in the picturesque neighborhood of Malá Strana, began to be filled with graffiti inspired by the figure of the artist, with lyrics to his songs and pacifist messages. Despite the fact that at that time the songs of the Liverpool quartet were banned in what was then Czechoslovakia, and although the authorities tried time and again to erase these graffiti, the wall continued to fill with messages.
Strawberry Fields Memorial, New York
This area of Central Park, approximately one hectare in size, is located near the Dakota Apartments, residence of John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono, where the artist and pacifist was assassinated on December 8, 1980. Here he is the famous black and white mosaic with the word “imagine” written in the center, designed by various Neapolitan artists.
Imagine Peace Tower, Reykjavik
Yoko Ono chose the island of Viðey to build this monument dedicated to the memory of her husband. On the walls of the monument, the phrase “imagine peace” is translated into 24 languages. From October 9 to December 8 (date of birth and death of John Lennon), a huge tower of light is projected from the base of the installation. The light tower is illuminated again from December 21 to January 1, and from March 20 to 27, coinciding with Yoko and John’s wedding anniversary.