The Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute Band are talented musicians and actors who were hand-picked by Louise Harrison, sister of the late George Harrison of The Beatles. Marty Scott, who portrays George, remembers when he first met Harrison.
“Kevin (Mantegna) and I were performing a two-man show of George and Paul at a Beatles convention in Chicago. Louise was the featured speaker,” said Scott. “We met her backstage, and seemed to hit it off. We spent the whole week together, talking about George and the music.”
The next thing he knew, Scott was sitting on a sofa between Harrison and Sir Paul McCartney. After getting over the initial shock of meeting McCartney, Scott and Harrison began discussing the possibility of putting together an actual Beatles’ show.
“It’s a pretty small world as far as the people who do what we do, and Louise really helped us get the best guys for what we wanted,” Scott said. “We pretty much just picked who we wanted, and then took the show to Branson.”
The Liverpool Legends have been a mainstay in the Missouri mecca since 2006. They’ve steadily grown in popularity and the size of their venues has reflected that. Starting out in a small space that year, they moved to larger and larger spaces until finally reaching their current home in the Andy Williams Theater. “Even though many people still consider Branson a country music town, there are as many Beatle fans here as there are all over the world,” said Scott.
What makes the Liverpool Legends different from other tribute shows is the fact that they spend their entire show covering the spectrum of Beatles music, which is quite large.
“The Beatles have the largest catalogue of hit songs in the history of popular music,” said Scott. “Our show is two hours and 15 minutes long, and that still isn’t long enough to do everything we want.”
Harrison’s involvement with Liverpool Legends makes them the only band in the world with a close, direct biological link to the original Fab Four.
Liverpool Legends have been voted by Branson critics and audiences as Best New Show, Best Band and Best Show. Finishing their sixth season, their show once again was spotlighted by receiving the prestigious Visitors’ Choice Award for Best Show in 2009 and also Best Show in 2010. Liverpool Legends received national attention as they re-created The Beatles famed 1966 concert at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. In 2012 Liverpool Legends along with Harrison were nominated for a Grammy Award for their work on “Fab Fan Memories” — a Beatles Bond. Recently Liverpool Legends were chosen over every other Beatle Tribute band in the world by top television and film producer Jerry Bruckheimer (“CSI”, “Pirates of The Caribbean” and “National Treasure”) to portray the band that changed the course of music and the world forever.
The band consists of the aforementioned Scott, who is considered to be the best George impersonator in the business by someone who should know. Harrison was moved to tears the first time she heard Marty perform and said she felt as though her brother was with her again. Recently, in a private meeting with McCartney, Louise introduced Scott as “my new adopted baby brother!”
Kevin Mantegna as John is masterful in both performance and appearance. Mantegna represents all Beatle and post-Beatle images of “The Smart One” to perfection, having refined his impersonation to make you believe that John is still with us. Even McCartney himself, after meeting Mantegna stated, “Hey, that’s you! I could spot John out anywhere! You make a great John!” Kevin is the ultimate tribute to the late, great Legend.
Bob Beahon has traveled the world for the last 10 years performing as McCartney, fine-tuning his energy, attention to detail and stage presence. His left-handed bass playing and close resemblance to Sir Paul place him among the top McCartney tribute artists in the world. Beahon is one of the best musicians to ever portray Paul McCartney. His versatile vocal stylings enable him to sing McCartney ballads like “Yesterday” and “And I Love Her” while still belting out “Long Tall Sally” and “Oh Darling.”
Greg George’s astonishing resemblance to Ringo in both appearance and drumming style leaves audiences wondering if they are seeing the real Ringo. As a founding member of “1964 The Tribute.” George has performed in thousands of concerts including several performances at Carnegie Hall. He is well known as the most sought-after Ringo Starr impersonator/look-alike in the entire world. He began playing drums at age 11 and by age 12 he was a jobbing musician. He has many fond memories from his early bands that performed with national acts such as The Lovin’ Spoonful, Simon and Garfunkel, Peter and Gordon, Paul Revere and The Raiders and Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs.
George said, “I am pleased to be with Liverpool Legends. These guys are genuinely heart-felt folks and very talented.”
Praise for Liverpool Legends comes from all corners of life, including baseball managers, actors, rock musicians and even former presidents. Actor Danny Bonaduce said of the band, “I’ve seen many acts doing this type of thing but Liverpool Legends are by far the closest to The Beatles that I’ve ever seen. They have the complete package. The sound, the look and the mannerisms.”
Rock legend Eric Burdon of the bands The Animals and War said of Mantegna’s performance, “I knew John Lennon. You are brilliant! You should be on Broadway!”
Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa said, “I’m a huge Beatles’ fan and it’s great to see the Liverpool Legends bring them back to life! Now I’m a Liverpool Legends fan! I highly recommend them!” And in a letter to Louise Harrison, former President Bill Clinton wrote, “Liverpool Legends are a wonderful tribute to George’s musical legacy!”
Tickets for Liverpool Legends are $30, $27 and $22. Reserved seating reservations are available through the CLC Theatre Box Office at 855-8199 or online at clcmn.edu/arts
The performance is one night only on Nov. 9.
Cultural Arts Series Producer Patrick Spradlin recommends audience members to arrive early since he’s expecting a sold-out theatre.
“This is one of the biggest acts we’ve had come to Brainerd,” Spradlin said. “This is definitely a can’t-miss show!”