It’s been 15 years now. It seems to be unbelievable and it is a great honor that we could spend this incredible amount of time as a successful band in Hungary and in many other countries. When we had our first concert in a small club in May 2004 we had no idea we will be playing John Lennon’s, Paul McCartney’s, George Harrison’s, and Ringo Starr’s songs 15 years later as our profession.
Besides the fact that we love The Beatles’ music madly, (and our drummer Gyuri is a maniac collector of Beatles relics with several exhibitions in his past) the atmosphere of the 60’s with its fashion and message of „All You Need Is Love” has a huge impression on us. We love vintage guitars, amplifiers and effects units. Even if we played something other than the Beatles we would probably use a Höfner bass, Ludwig Black Oyster Pearl drums, Epiphone, Fender and Rickenbacker guitars, Vox and Fender amps anyway. These instruments have been built the way that they are more than just instruments.
They feel like they have their own personality, heart and soul. It is always good to recall the 5 visits that we had to the scene of The Beatles’ birth in England. Walking on the famous streets of London, crossing Abbey Road, visiting the legendary EMI Studios and of course to play in Liverpool, right where the Fab Four used to do – on the stage of Cavern club (that is called the cradle of British pop music with a good reason). Meeting the two members of The Beatles who are still (and hopefully for many more years) with us – Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and many others who were part of the great legend. Those were all unforgettable moments! Not mentioning a lot more things we will always remember.
It was a great honor to play together with Ravi Shankar’s only European disciple András Kozma and his band Calcutta Trio in November 2013 and to get a very kind letter from George Harrison’s wife Olivia Harrison regarding the occasion. We would like to thank all the Beatles fans and all the people out there for all the support we’ve got in the last 15 years. Thank you all who come to our concerts and follow us on the web! It’s been great 15 years!
Peace & Love!
THE BLACKBIRDS Beatles Tribute Band Hungary (Live Beatles Show, since 2004)