A special preview of a new L.A. stage musical based on The Beatles early years at Abbey Road Studios has been added to the line-up of Lennon Remembered on 9th December at the Liverpool Echo Arena. The Sessions, due to open at Paramount Studios next May has legendary Beatles recording engineer Geoff Emerick as the musical producer.
Geoff Emerick was a trainee recording engineer at Abbey Road studios in the early 60's, and on his third day at work, aged 15, he was sent along to a session by a new group from Liverpool. It was of course The Beatles, and Geoff went on to work with John, Paul, George & Ringo throughout their recording career as the Beatles. Geoff is widely recognised as one of the best recording engineers in recording history.
In April this year, Geoff, along with Artistic Director Stig Edgren, spent two days at the world famous Cavern Club in search for the next John, Paul, George and Ringo for The Sessions. After a search which took in auditions in New York, LA and London, Geoff Emerick, musical producer of the show, chose 5 singers from the Cavern auditions, including four of the Cavern's resident artists.
For Lennon Remembered, Soundstage Theatre Company, under the musical direction of Geoffrey Foskett, (Brian Wilson's Musical Director), will perform a special preview of the show to focus on John's Beatle years. The Sessions will join a whole host of friends and artists at the one-off concert who worked with the late, great John Lennon.
The concert will see 9 periods of John's life represented by those who were there, including John's first band The Quarrymen, the Beatles fellow Hamburg musician and lead vocalist on 'My Bonnie' Tony Sheridan, art school friend and editor of Mersey Beat Bill Harry and Beatles Press Officer, close friend and ex CEO of Apple Tony Bramwell. Also appearing are Alan White who played drums on Lennon's classic hits including 'Instant Karma' and 'Imagine'. Joey Molland, guitarist with Apple signed Badfinger who played on Lennon's Imagine, Grammy award winning sound engineer Dennis Ferrante who worked on a plethora of Lennon's albums during his New York years, as well as Liverpool born actor Mark McGann who is famed for his honest and powerful portrayal of John both on stage and film. He will present a special performance of his award winning stage show, John Lennon ' In My Life.
Co-event organiser and Cavern Club owner Bill Heckle says 'Anyone who loves the music of John Lennon and The Beatles should not miss this night. You will be witnessing history with contributions from those who helped John create it.'
Profits from the entire night are going to local charities Alder Hey Imagine Appeal, Radio City's Cash For Kids and the Mathew Street Festival.