Fans of Paul McCartney are in for a treat as one of Blackpool’s leading music venues celebrates this weekend.
Sunday will make four years since the Galleon bar was reopened in Abingdon Street and to help mark the occasion, The Macca Band will be taking to the stage.
The five-piece recreates the Beatles’ superstar’s current band line up, with a set list that covers his music career dating back to the Sixties, through Wings and up to the present day.
Lead singer Neil Tudor has even worked as McCartney’s body double in recent years, appearing in videos for tracks Dance Tonight and recently My Valentine.
Glenn Mitchell, who plays rhythm/bass guitarist Brian Ray, said: “Paul knows about the band and has sent messages of support via his band members to us.
“Brian Ray has personally messaged me sending his support and sending me tips and information about his on stage sound.
“The members of The Macca Band are all professional musicians whose careers cover a vast range.
“Myself and our lead guitarist have performed in a number of Beatles tributes in the past portraying John Lennon and George Harrison, our keyboard player played with Merseybeat group The Undertakers, while our drummer has played with a host of Liverpool legends during the 1990s to present day.
“Our show is an accurate recreation of Paul’s sets used on his world wide tours. We use the same instruments and amps, musically our sets are taken from his various tours adding new material both from his solo career as well as Beatles numbers.
“There is something for every generation in our show as we perform from the whole of Paul’s back catalogue.
“With set lists taken from Paul McCartney’s worldwide tours, all songs are performed live as performed on stage by Paul and his band in a one of it’s kind tribute to Paul McCartney the man and his music.”
Bar owner Stephen Pierre is looking forward to marking the occasion with The Macca Band on Sunday.
“I used to frequent the original Galleon Bar as an enthusiastic musician/singer 25 years ago,” he said.
“ Now I look back at those days with fondness.
“I am delighted to be able to pay it forward to offer the new generation of talent the opportunity to develop their skills at the new Galleon Bar on Abingdon Street.”