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Magical History Tour
The Fab Four
Hard Night’s Day
with Tony Sheridan
of LOVE in Las Vegas
February 9-11, 2007
Report by Janice Jennings
The first-ever "Weekend of LOVE" began with Beatles fans and friends arriving at the Imperial Palace located in the center of Las Vegas Boulevard. This is an ideal location if you are planning to walk the Strip. It is also directly across the street from The Mirage, which is where the Cirque du Soleil performance of LOVE takes place.
The Imperial Palace
Entrance sign of The Mirage
our first day, we gathered at the V Theater located inside the Desert
Passage which is connected to The Aladdin. The Desert Passage is just
one of the many shopping hot spots found along Las Vegas Boulevard, otherwise
known as "The Strip." The Fab Four had agreed to give a special
performance for us even though they normally do not perform on Fridays.
As our group of 40-45 people gathered at the entrance, it was exciting
to find companions from previous Magical History Tours to England. While
we reacquainted ourselves and met new friends, we were entertained by
local acts performing on a stage in the center of the mall.
and Danny, our tour hosts, assembled our group to be escorted inside
the V Theater. We were seated close to the stage, and anxiously awaited
to be entertained by The Fab Four. Hearing the music of The Beatles
always takes you back in time, but when you find yourself face to face
with Ed Sullivan, and he says, "And, here they are…The Beatles!"
I guarantee you will feel chills run down your spine. The Fab Four are
consummate musicians and performers. They cover every phase of The Beatles
musical career, complete with costumes, characterizations, and even
Go-Go dancers! And their Mr. Sullivan adds to the fun with a comical
comment or two throughout the performance. After the show, 'the lads'
joined us for a meet and greet outside the theater entrance.
and Jan Scott add that the lead guitarist (Gavin) was a dead ringer
for George, and we later found out that he is actually from Liverpool!
And that the Fab Four's original bass player was recovering from open
heart surgery the week.
performance had ended by 6pm, which left the evening free for other
activities. Walking the Strip and absorbing the bright lights of the
hotels and casinos was appealing. Some chose to attend another concert
or show at another hotel. Some went to see concerts by Petula Clark,
Foreigner, the Moody Blues or Prince, all of whom were in town. Frank
Branchini and Paul Allison attended the Prince show, where he was joined
on stage by special guest Elton John that night! Others headed back
to the hotel and booked seats for the "Legends" show...that
night it was Rod Stewart, Marilyn Monroe, U-2, Janet Jackson and Elvis.
These are NOT lip-synching look-alikes, but sound-alike performers in
their own right.
few went to the Revolution Lounge inside The Mirage. This lounge features
covers of Beatles music in every genre. You have not truly experienced
their compositions until you hear it performed in reggae, jazz, swing,
or funky lounge remixes. A psychedelic atmosphere is provided by swirling
lights of paisley, shapes and flowers which dance across the room in different
colors. For your added pleasure, you may grab a hot pink bean bag chair
to relax. Tell the waitress Austin Powers sent you.
- Eddy Herch, a previous Magical History Tour attendee, booked a suite
at the Sahara for the weekend. He and his brother Frank are Las Vegas
locals, but Eddy wanted to treat his fellow Beatles friends to a special
experience. This particular suite was where The Beatles stayed when they
performed in Las Vegas in 1964. We met at room 2344 of the Alexander Tower
at 10am. The furnishings and decorations have changed since 1964, but
the cabinetry and woodwork is reminiscent of the 1960s era. We all walked
around the living room, the bar, the bedroom, and the bathroom imagining
what went on 43 years prior. Since the Sahara is located at the very north
end of the Strip, the view from the suite balcony is amazing. You can
almost see the entire length of the Strip. Frank Herch pointed out where
original hotels used to be and what was now in their place.
to the Sahara
2344, Alexander Tower
of Suite from dining area to the bedroom
for Charles from Dave Carrow
distributed our goody bags filled with Vegas souvenirs, Beatles
memorabilia, copies of the Beatles fanzine "Beatleology,"
a Revolution Lounge button, and a LOVE button. Yes, a LOVE button,
very rare! Don't even think about it. We also received our tickets
for that evening's performance. Charles and Danny were presented
with a hand-made souvenir from Dave Carrow, who has been on many
Herch told everyone a little-known fact about The Beatles stay at
the Sahara. They wanted a rehearsal before the Las Vegas performance
so they set one up in the Congo Room. Only the Sahara staff-members
from back then remembered this. If you walk around the Casino, including
the hotel's check-in desk, you will find photos of The Beatles and
interesting tidbits of their stay, like; their favorite place to
dine was The House of Lords. A visit to the Sahara is a must for
a Beatles fan going to Vegas. Thanks to Eddy Herch for making it
part of our weekend.
of Lords sign
afternoon, we were divided into two smaller groups to be given a very
special exclusive backstage tour of the production of LOVE. Alan Hills,
who is the company manager, gave us an inside look as to what makes
LOVE work and sound like it does. We were led into the theater where
we sat in a section of upper level seats. Pamela, a friend of Charles'
from Cirque du Soleil, also hosted us. Alan explained that the cast
was breaking-in two new members and therefore we would be privy to a
couple of rehearsals. But, we also had to be very quiet. The song rehearsed
for our group was 'Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite.' It was thrilling
Alan told us how the concept of LOVE originated. It began as a conversation
between pals George Harrison and Guy Laliberte. Guy is one of the founders
of Cirque du Soleil. In honor of George, Guy sought to carry out their
idea. After three years of negotiations between all legal parties involved,
LOVE was born. It is a unique production in the fact that it was written
around pre-recorded material, whereas, normally, the music is written
around a Cirque du Soleil show.
more than $100 million, the theater features the following:
360 degree seating, with over 2000 seats around a central stage
Panoramic video by high-definition projectors
sound provided by over 6300 speakers: 3 in each seat with 2 in the
The stage includes eight trolleys and tracks, plus nine lifts
said the headrest speakers were to give the sensation that The Beatles
are sitting right next to you. He also said you need to lean back against
the headrest in order to best experience this, whereas normally the
tendency is to lean forward from excitement. The stage was constructed
to hide all the technical aspects of the show, from below and above.
You are not to notice those lifts and trolleys in motion. Pam, who is
from Liverpool, advised us that the best seats are not the ones closest
to the stage. It is best to sit mid-way, which is where our tickets
answered some of our questions:
this be a traveling show? No, it is permanent and contracted for
many people are involved, cast and crew? 116 with 60 being the cast.
section did Paul and Ringo sit? 208, center.
left the theater and broke into two groups to ride the elevator down
below stage level. While waiting for the second group, one of the cast
members showed us a 'smoking umbrella' and how it works.
were taken to the Sound Production room. This room houses the recording
studio where George Martin and his son, Giles, worked their magic with
The Beatles catalog. The studio was built as an exact replica to the
one at Abbey Road in London. This provided the ease of adjustment from
the England studio to the Vegas studio with no difficulty. All the original
recordings from Abbey Road are now stored in a temperature-controlled
and heavily-secured vault at the Mirage.
the music was orchestrated from 130 original Beatles recordings, the
show consists of 27 pieces. During a flawless performance, you will
hear 27 musical numbers. But on rare occasions, when the timing is off,
you may hear a 'show saver.' These are musical transitions that Giles
created to accommodate any irregularity. We learned that 'Yellow Submarine'
has been orchestrated as a 'show saver.' What would need to happen in
order for us to hear that?!? Alan said they were prepared for anything.
There is one number in the show that is slightly different: 'While My
Guitar Gently Weeps' has an added string arrangement written by Sir
George Martin. We were introduced to Jason Pritchard, Head of Audio,
before moving to the next department, Props.
showed us a rack of harnesses that are used for training. We saw the
Paper Monster, two VW Beetles that have been fortified for acrobatic
purposes, and the Russian Swing. A Russian invention, hence the name,
the swing looks like a skateboard with two wires. Usually, the artist
requires a net for safety, but not the performer for LOVE. He really
is "live without a net."
last stop was in Make-Up and Wardrobe. Here we met one of the youngest
members of the cast, and Hassan, 'The Eggman.' Hassan was getting his
body-paint applied. He is to be covered in tattoos. We were told that
originally they would apply the tattoos one by one, a very long process.
Then, they had the idea to make a body cast, cut out the tattoo patterns
and spray paint through the cast, like a stencil. A bit of detail is
added afterwards. It is still a lengthy procedure, but not like before.
Hassan was very nice and accommodating to allow us to watch him 'get
and Pam bid us goodbye and told us they would see us after the show. A
backstage tour has been granted just four times:
Paul, Ringo, Olivia and Yoko
2. The Mirage staff
3. An expensive promotional offer
felt very privileged to have had the opportunity. Many thanks to Liverpool
Productions/LiverpoolTours and the LOVE staff for this special treat.
We repaid our gratitude to The Mirage by purchasing tons of souvenirs
from the adjacent LOVE-Beatles shop.
performance of LOVE did not begin until 10pm. This left ample time to
shop, dine, and wander around The Mirage or the nearby Caesar's Palace
before we needed to get ready for the show. The LOVE theater was previously
used by Siegfried and Roy. The Mirage has provided a private habitat
for a few of the white tigers. They can be seen on a daily basis through
viewing windows along one hallway of the casino.
tiger of Siegfried and Roy
8:30pm, those of us who hadn't visited the Revolution Lounge assembled
in our V.I.P. area. By 9:30pm, most of our group was seated in section
207. The very reason we had traveled for this trip was about to commence.
We were all very excited. Members of the cast, in character and costume,
walked around the different sections to heighten your anticipation.
show began with the bare bones vocal rendition of 'Because,' but it
was soon followed by an energetic explosion of 'Get Back.' I knew during
that number I was going to see this show again! The music and storyline
traces The Beatles career alongside the events of their lives. 'Get
Back' features the bombing of Liverpool during WWII. This is followed
by the recovery period, loneliness and loss with 'Eleanor Rigby.' The
Beatles' career skyrocketed along with the discovery of rock'n'roll
with the number 'Drive My Car.' This is where the VW Beetles come into
play. The performers on stage are zealous with a new lease on life,
and they somersault across the vehicles. The first 20 minutes has the
audience riveted with excitement. It was difficult to focus on any particular
person because there was so much happening at the same time. Then all
this transcends into a moving and flowing number of 'Something' by three
flying angels on ropes. The grace and fluidity that is shown in their
maneuvers had the audience transfixed in wonderment. We are shaken from
our stupor by 'Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite.' This was special
because of our earlier peek of the rehearsal during the day. During
this number, we heard a fire alarm. Was this part of the show? It was
hard to tell, no one was reacting to it, including the performers. The
alarm sounded again. The couple sitting next to me said this was not
part of the show. The emergency lighting was activated and the music
stopped. The performers at this time consisted of our brave Russian
on 'the swing' and four inline skaters. When the power was cut, the
inline skaters left their perch at the top of the ramps and skated off
stage. Our Russian fellow was stranded on the swing at the top of the
theater. People in the audience offered encouragement with "all
you need is love" and similar remarks. A rope ladder was lowered
to the stage and held in place by a crew member while the Russian performer
descended to safety.
audience, not knowing what was to happen next, waited in silence. A
cast member, dressed as an overweight circus performer, came out to
announce, (without power or microphone) that the fire alarm was mostly
likely a false alarm and to remain seated. They fully intended to continue
with the show. Moments later, the sprinkler system erupted in section
203, showering all the patrons therein. There were screams, mostly from
the shock of getting wet, and only in that section. But I knew at that
moment, just like when Jim Lovell realized he had lost the moon in Apollo
13, we had just lost the show.
Scott recalls that we all just looked at each other and shrugged in
shock. None of us could BELIEVE what had just happened! Some of us had
flown approximately 1,500 miles one way, and we were being EVACUATED?
You frankly had to laugh…
was advised to go to the lobby and collect refunds. Our little group was
stunned! We wanted to see the show! Ultimately knowing there was no way
they could continue with soaked equipment, soaked seats, and water everywhere
in that area of the theater. We gathered inside the lobby and found it
hard to drag ourselves away. As time wore on, and ushers politely prodding
us to leave, we did. Our refunds were in the hands of Liverpool Tours,
so all was not lost.
plans called for us to meet after the show for a bit of karaoke singing.
Those plans were discarded and everyone just hung out together or left
for their hotel room.
- It was time to check out of the Imperial Palace and meet with our
fellow travelers at the Hard Rock Café. Our Weekend of Love was
nearly over, how fast it went by. We filled the chairs around four tables
and a cushy bench. Much of the conversation reflected about the LOVE
performance and the events of its cancellation. We didn't miss the irony
of it happening only once, when our group of fans were there. Even though
we were disappointed, we were also grateful it had not been a real emergency.
The Cafe played a medley of Beatles tunes and videos to pick up our
spirits. It worked. This was followed by the famous crowd-pleaser, YMCA.
And on cue, Charles and Danny were up on the cushy couch, leading everyone,
and I do mean EVERYONE, in the dance and song. I am convinced they both
worked at a Hard Rock in a previous life.
our lunch, we had a surprise visit from Todd and Jerry, manager and band
member of Fab Forever. It was really nice for them to come by and chat
with us. As a parting gift, Charles and Danny had arranged for everyone
to receive a free jewel-cut shot glass from the Hard Rock. Then, all too
soon we were saying goodbye to our new and old friends.
to Charles and Danny for all their planning and undying spirits. Let
us all 'Come Together' and do this again. LOVE is all you need.
below, of the photo of The Beatles in Vegas live at the Sahara Hotel,
taken by Frank Branchini
in the end…
a sad afterword from Charles and Danny:
the days of February 9-11, we had our first "Weekend of LOVE"
in Las Vegas. Eddy Herch, whom some of you know from him zipping around
on his scooter on the 2005 & 2006 MMTour, was also with for the
Vegas LOVE weekend.
On Sunday after everyone left the Hard Rock Cafe, Danny and Charles
drove Eddy to the Suncoast hotel (about a 1/2 hour away from the strip),
because we tried to get tickets to see Petula Clark there at night but
they were sold out. He sat in the back of our car and said he felt sick.
He didn't have his scooter with him, just his cane. He had the chills
and we turned on the heat as he dozed off. When we got to the Suncoast,
we found out that there were no tickets, so we were all disappointed.
Eddy was out of it and he just wanted to get to sleep, so he tried to
book a room there but they were sold out too. We managed to get him
back in the car and we drove him to his brother Frank's house on the
other side of town. Half-asleep, he gave us directions and we dropped
him off, telling his brother that he needed some rest. That Eddy wasn't
feeling well. That he wasn't himself. I wish we took him to a hospital
Eddy Herch passed away the next night in his brother's home. He was
so happy to be part of the LOVE weekend, and he was honored to have
us all visit the Sahara suite where The Beatles stayed, and where he
spent the night. He did it so that he could share a piece of Beatles'
history, and so that he could tell about his discovery that The Beatles
played an afternoon rehearsal in the hotel's club which he researched
from the Sahara's staff. He loved The Beatles as much as anyone, and
he loved to name-drop and tell about his time working with record companies,
including Dark Horse/Warner Bros. He loved being able to share our Beatles
camaraderie with his brother, Frank, over the weekend. Eddy had been
on two of our MMTours (and also on our GHOSTour last summer) and he
was looking forward to going to Hamburg and returning to England with
us in 2007. It won't be the same without him scooting and bumping into
people on the tours.
We have lost a true fan and a dear friend.
Charles F. Rosenay and Danny Levine,
Liverpool Productions/Liverpool Tours
In Memory of Eddy Herch
1953 - 2007
Edward Gilbert Herch, known to friends and professional
colleagues as Eddy, died from heart failure at his home in Las Vegas,
Nevada, on February 14, 2007. Eddy was an artist involved in several
aspects of the entertainment business. Eddy had an illustrious career
as a graphic designer, a script writer, drama turge, film critic and
producer of independent films. Eddy was born on August 7, 1953. Eddy
had attended UNLV and received a B.F.A. in 1975 from the Art Center
College of Design in Pasadena with a major in Illustration and a minor
in film. He also graduated from the Stella Adler School of Acting in
As a graphic designer, he has worked for Warner Brothers Records, Marvel
and DC Comics, New York Daily News, LA Herald Tribune and Flynt Publications.
He has designed thousands of book sleeves, magazine and newspaper layouts
and record covers.
Eddy has been a contributing writer and editor for various magazines
including Film Festival Today. Eddy contributed artwork to the Desert
Space Foundation traveling show in 2002. His piece was used on a cover
of the Nevada Arts Magazine. He also designed brochures and artwork
for the Las Vegas Celebration of Jewish Film, 2005-6. He was the Executive
Producer in 2004 of "Call It Democracy," a documentary on
the 2000 Florida election debacle.
Eddy served as the dramaturge and script editor for the Fifth Night
Screenplay Reading series and the Writers Guild of America. Eddy has
staged readings at the Nyorican Poets Café in New York and at
screenplay development workshops in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. For
all but one of the five Screenwriting Expo's held in LA, he directed
the readings of the three finalists for the CS Open. 2002-2006
Eddy had been the foremost lecturer on screenplay format in America
for more than a decade. His "Postscripting" seminar was invited
to many top film festivals, universities, and in-house production companies.
Robert Evans commented on an Herch screenplay, "Every word is in
it's exact place. He certainly knows what he's doing." Eddy is
the producer and dramaturge of over 650 live, staged readings which
have resulted in 60+ produced films.
Eddy has battled cancer in both legs since 1996. He has had numerous
surgeries and had overcome the cancer. He also survived a 2006 fall
onto New York subway tracks.
Eddy was a collector of comic books and comic art, books, fine art,
Rosewood vases, records, cds and Beatles paraphernalia. In recent years,
he had visited Liverpool to see the birth places and locations where
the Beatles lived. At his wish, his ashes will be spread in the Mersey
His last days were spent happily with fellow Beatles fans sharing a
weekend of festivities in Las Vegas.
funeral took place on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at King David Memorial
Chapel in Las Vegas, NV, at 10 a.m. A memorial event will be held in
New York sometime this summer.
ABC-TV's "The Beatles Revolution" aired in Nov. 2000. The special was filmed in Liverpool during our
Magical History Tour. The entire Beatles Tour was recorded by the ABC film crew.
Join us for our annual Hard Rock Cafe Beatles Dance Party! We take over the Hard Rock Cafe for all night dancing
with DJs and tour hosts Charles & Danny
Our travelers have joined thousands of fans at the Mathew Street Festival,
which has been MC'd in past years by Tour Hosts Charles & Danny
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