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A Look Back at The Beatles LOVE Cirque du Soleil Show Premiere

The Beatles LOVE Show Premiere

The red carpet premiere for The Beatles LOVE Show by Cirque du Soleil took place on June 30, 2006 in Las Vegas at The Mirage.

Beatles LOVE show sign

Daytrippin’ Magazine was granted red carpet access for interviews and photos of all the celebrities who attended the LOVE Gala Premiere

[Photos by Shelley Germeaux; All photos copyright Daytrippin’]

Olivia and Dhani Harrison

Olivia Harrison
“George would be enjoying tonight definitely.”

Yoko Ono
“It’s an historical moment for the Beatles as well as Cirque du Soleil.”

“It’s nice to get together for something creative and beautiful.”

“The only regret is that John is not here because I’m sure that he would have loved it.”

Julian and Cynthia Lennon

Richard Marx (Ringo’s All-Starr Band)
“Being on the road with Ringo and hearing his excitement about the show, he’s like a little kid when talking about this [the Beatles’ LOVE]”

“I still listen to the Beatles on my IPOD all the time and I’ll be onstage like last night in San Diego and I’ll look over and there’s the guy that played drums on all those songs I love, so it’s pretty cool.”

Sheila E (Ringo’s All-Starr Band)

Ravi Shankar
“I miss George a lot.”

Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach

Ringo Starr: “I thought the show was great. I thought the music was incredible. And I think the show is so expressive of that time really. I mean it’s busy. I feel I have to go back three or four times because you just can’t take it in.”

“I was surprised with the emotion I felt when I heard like the four voices and the songs to George and John, you know, when Paul and I are sitting next to each other. So two of our brothers were in the room but they weren’t sitting next to us.”

“I think the music holds up because it’s really good. I think we had two incredible songwriters and four brilliant musicians.”

“I love the remixing. I’d heard the music. I mean Paul and I had been going to Abbey Road quite a lot to hear what George and Giles were doing, but how great. Nobody else could have done it. Nobody else would have had the credibility and the knowledge of what we were doing then besides George Martin.”

“I thought the intro was incredible. It’s brilliant really and it will get tighter. They will tighten it up. So I can only say good things. Not ’cause it’s our music and we’re partners here. It just works. I’ve been to many Cirque shows that’s why I knew it would work. I know about the music and they know about that part of it, so it works.”

“George [Harrison] met Guy five years ago and that’s how long it took. And he would have been as excited as we were, but I’m making that up, you’ll have to ask him.”

Cirque founder, Guy Laliberte with Ringo and Barbara

Guy Laliberte: “This is a monster show for Vegas. The Beatles have been separated for more than 30 years and this is the first time they are officially endorsing a project about them. And they worked with us, so this is probably one of the biggest entertainment events of the year.”

[On meeting George Harrison]: “We were both fans of Formula One and so for many years we hung out at the Formula One track together. One day he came to Montreal and I always throw a Formula One party which is quite creative and nice to experience. After that experience, he said, “Well come and visit me in London.” And I went in his garden and we spent some time nurturing an emotion, a dream, and this is it tonight.”

“All the Beatles, Yoko and Olivia were part of every process–the music, the concept of the show. This show’s about love and through all the process, it has been nurtured only with Love.”

Paul McCartney
“I’m excited about the show.”

Paul McCartney with George Martin to the left and Giles Martin to the right

Giles Martin: “I’m very excited. It’s great to be here. I’m not really one of them. I just actually move knobs around, so I’m delighted.”

Little Steven Van Zandt
“We’re the biggest Beatles fans in the world right here.”

[On the mixing of Beatles songs in the Cirque show]:”I think it’s fun. We can always hear the songs in their original form. It’s nothing but fun, is what I think.”

Eric Idle

Paul Reiser
“I’m a huge Beatles fan, so to get to meet Paul McCartney and Ringo in the same night, beats the salad bar where I was staying, believe me.”

Ringo with Siegfried and Roy

Characters in LOVE

Brian Wilson

Special LOVE cookie offered at the Gala Premiere

Beatles LOVE show

 

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