A performance on 30th January marked 50 years since The Beatles played their final concert, live from the roof of multimedia corporation, Apple Corps, in central London. St Pancras International – well known for surprise performances by some of the world’s biggest music stars – paid tribute to that historic day by recreating this famous rooftop performance, at the station where art comes to life.
The station, which is just a stone’s throw away from where the original band were photographed as part of the ‘Mad Day Out’ shoot in 1968, has a deep-rooted connection with the music industry and the band itself. It has also been revealed today, that The Beatles have topped the list of bands played by visitors on St Pancras International’s free-to-play jukebox, with hits from the notorious band played over 1,400 times!
The tribute was made up of a collective of talented British musicians who have all been inspired by the famous four during their musical careers. Ben Parker, Jimmy Sims, Che Albrighton and Thom Kirkpatrick entertained delighted on-lookers who stopped to listen to the performance from 21 metres below. They played a homage to the set played by The Beatles in 1969, including Let It Be, Don’t Let Me Down and Get Back.
The performance comes as part of the station’s ongoing exciting calendar of arts and music events which has seen A-list musicians such as John Legend, Elton John, Jamie Cullum and Jeff Goldblum all perform on the famous public pianos in the iconic station.
Ben Parker, lead singer for The Beatles Tribute performance comments: “We were honoured to be given this chance to pay tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time. The Beatles marked a step-change in musical history and the rooftop gig was the culmination of their partnership. Each of us have huge admiration for The Beatles and it was amazing to have the opportunity to recreate one of our favourite performances of all time, on top of one of London’s most-loved stations- St Pancras International.
The set was a tribute to the gig rather than a faithful recreation, which is not to say we don’t acknowledge the often-overlooked part played by the incredible Billy Preston on keyboards”.
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