The Blue Meanies
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Close your eyes you're back in the 60's; open them you're still there; from mainstream songs such as I Saw Her Standing There, Hey Jude and Please Please Me through to such rarely played songs as Clarabella, Dear Prudence and I Want You, the band's versatility shines through in their choice of set and, on occasion, has even been known to stretch as far as Hound Dog; John Lennon style…

With their growing reputation comes a growing demand for gigs; recent venues have included The Cavern Club on the evening of Sir Paul McCartney's birthday; where their performance was filmed for American Television, The Iron Door Club in Birkenhead, Wirral and The Barcelona and Newz Bars. High profile one off gigs have included The Wirral, St Helens and Wavertree Shows, free music events which always attract large crowds, Isle of Man TT Races in June along with bands such as Toploader and a sell out gig at the Crosby Plaza to an audience of 600.

Highlights have included playing live inside Paul McCartney's house, 20 Forthlin Road, when it was officially opened to the public; a gig which was broadcast around the world via the Internet and taking part in the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II. This particular engagement involved recreating the psychedelic era Beatles, complete with uniforms, and leading Liverpool's Jubilee Procession past the Queen, Prince Phillip and Yoko Ono as they watched and listened to the sounds of Pepper from the balcony of the Town Hall.

In September 2002, the band played a charity gala gig at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in aid of the Linda McCartney Breast Cancer Centre and, in the same month, performed to an audience of over a thousand German tourists on board the MV Europa, the world's third largest luxury cruise liner, which was berthed in the middle of the River Mersey.

Fittingly enough, after seeing the Blue Meanies bring to life songs from The Beatles' early years such as Leave My Kitten Alone and Slow Down, the Europa's final port of call is back to where it all nearly began, Hamburg…! Making it all worthwhile… Macca's Gatecrashing appearance at The Empire on the evening of Sunday 24th February 2002 at the Liverpool Empire Theatre, The Blue Meanies appeared second on the bill to a near 3000 sell out crowd who travelled from around the world to be at a very special concert celebrating the life of George Harrison. They played two songs; From Me To You and I Saw Her Standing There. The audience went predictably wild and, after what turned out to be the second biggest cheer of the night, demanded an encore. This happened to only one act that evening. The band were then pleased to present a cheque for £1,000 to the Macmillan Nurses Charity; eliciting another massive response from the audience. The most moving moment of all however was when Sir Paul McCartney, having made his own surprise appearance at the very last minute, joined the assembled Meanies centre stage and, putting his arms around the Coburn brothers Jimmy & Tony, said to the world: " George would have loved this ". This concert was broadcast live by the BBC onto the Internet. Sir Paul then joined the lads backstage for more magic moments. We are told that Sir Paul is not keen on Beatle tributes...

With a CD of their own music already out to buy ('The Bubbles Burst') and an increasingly busy schedule to look forward to, the future's certainly bright; the future's BLUE…