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Mathew Street Liverpool
THE CAVERN WALKS
Ronnie Carr and I take good look inside..
"This place is Fab!" says Ronnie.
Down the sloping entrance and into the Caverns Walks Auditorium
The only Life-Size exhibtion of 'The Beatles' standing together in the UK
A Musical Composition
Oh!and bye the way.
This place has shops too..
'A Walk Down
..with Ronnie Carr
The Hard Days Night Hotel showing the life size sculptures of the Fab Four.
L to R: John - Paul - George - Ringo.
Mathew Street is the opening on the left.
Top left: A John Lennon two-fingered 'V' salute greets all
who enter the world famous Mathew Street Liverpool L2
The first thing that greets the visitor is the John Lennon statue.
It is most impressive; but: 'There's always a but!' Its head section was vandalised some years ago and has been obviously and since replaced.. unfortunately by a somewhat oversized version!
It makes for an odd and curious encounter for visiting, knowledgable, decerning Beatle buff's like me, as it's not immediately evident what's-up with it! Still, it's probably the most photographed item in Liverpool - after The Cavern Club door entrance..
The old Cavern Club door entrance is really a
black and white life-size photograph, but it
pin-points the exact place it used to be.
The modern day Cavern Club entrance see's Ronnie before he take a trip
down below to a place he and The Beat Boys played over fifty years ago.
The dreaded steps down - or up to The Cavern Club:
"The best of cellars," quotes Ronnie.
A fitting tribute to his famous old DJ accquantance Bob Wooler R-I-P.
A recent addition the ever-evolving Cavern Club is this bronze-effect relief sculpture of The Beatles. Looking ever more and more like a working rock 'n roll museum - every time I visit 'new' The Cavern - it endeavors to to adhere to a policy of maximising it's vistor attraction status. You be the judge!
Ronnie meets Jon Keats - Cavern Club Manager.
Behind them, the Sir Paul McCartney Stage is covered in cardboard with
boxes for transportation to the Mathew Street Festival 2010 locations
around the city center for the two day event.
Ronnie also discussed the possibility of playing a return gig at The Cavern, and in doing so, he will attempt to persuade old school-pal Georgie Fame to do stint there too..
Details coming soon..
The Four Pennies top the list on this Cavern poster
Back on the 'street. Modern tourist markers with visitor information.
THE CAVERN WALL OF FAME
A brass plaque explains all..
The Beat Boys:
Ronnie's treasured Brick In the Wall.
But I had another suprise for him..
Ronnie didn't know he had 'two' bricks in the Wall of Fame.
The Rats formed as his third band - after The Blues Set,
who's name replaced The Beat Boys.
These are not - as many visitors might think! - the original Cavern Club constuction bricks. The were cast brand-new in 1997 with over 1800 of them being made. New ones are sometimes are added to the wall and one in particular has recently been removed - A certain 'Mr G Glitter!'
The Cavern Pub.
This venue has little to do with the Cavern Club, only that it too is owned by Cavern City Tours one one whose directors is Julia Baird - half-sister to John Lennon. It is situated at the 'top end' of Mathew Street, up and acoss from its world famous neighbour.
It is however, a delight of a place to spend some time, have a pint and wallow in unique atmospheric 60's nostalgia. Live music proliferates daily, but its real appeal for my money is the stacks of pics and memorablia it contains in every nok, cranny and spaces on its walls.
Many glass fronted cabinets feature interesting stuff.. some of which includes a
Bo Diddly signed red-square Gretsch Guitar, a signed Donovan acoustic and Black Pearl Ludwig Drum Kit - just like Ringo had! It's star attaction however, is the Cavern owned, signed Sir Paul McCartney's Hofner Violin Bass Guitar 500/1 commorating his last concert there in 1999.
As you would expect, great posters too, cover many walls. Included is this one below advertising The Casbah Coffee Club in Haymans Green, Liverpool where Pete Best, his mother Mona and elder brother Roag Best first opened the cellars of their home to the up-and-coming beat scene of the early 1960's.
(Look-out on LANKY BEAT for a main feature on The Casbah coming soon!).
"Hi everyone, welcome to the Casbah.
We're The Beatles and we are goingto play you some rock and roll."
The Liverpool Wall of Fame
The Guiness Book Of World Records says that the City of Liverpool has had more No 1 Hits than any other city in the world. From Ruby Murray with 'How Much Is That Doggy InThe Window' to a recent Girls Aloud No 1. All the Merseyside Artiste's replica 'Gold Disc's' are featured here.
'Lennons Bar' featuing a Fab Four Pizza.
Sam Leach's book:
'The Rocking City':
The Explosive Birth of The Beatles.
Now a Drama-Documentary Film is to be made about Sam, which
is wonderful news for us all..
He has one helluva 'hidden' and explosive story to tell.
Details on LANKY BEAT soon..
A 'touristy' mooch in the most famous-of-famous
Liverpool pubs before the lunch-time rush..
Tuning left after leaving The Grapes to the far Bottom-end of Mathew Street, past Rainford Square on the right and next quick right into Rainford Gardens brings you to
The White Star pub.
Just around the corner from The Grapes is The White Star in Rainford Gardens.
An alternative watering hole for the many thirsty young bands back then..
Turning back towards Mathew Street after a 'quicky' in The White Star..
time for some Beatles Memorabillia shopping..
More Fab Four Memorial Sculptures
"Mmmm.. I think I'll pass on the oysters today..
However, I'm told that the oysters here are 'rubbery!'
(Sorry! I couldn't resist)
Walking back up Mathew Street and past the Electrical Sub-Station.
Next door right is the Cavern Walks building:
A very interesting, modern Shopping Mall.