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04th June, 2018

Kyle Falconer: The View frontman visits The Beatles Story

Kyle Falconer celebrated his birthday in Liverpool today, visiting many of the attractions dedicated to his favourite ever band, The Beatles.

The Scottish musician, best known for being the lead singer in The View, is a huge Beatles fan and travelled to Liverpool from his hometown Dundee to spend a few days walking in the footsteps of the Fab Four.

Kyle, and his fiancé Laura, began the day with a National Trust tour, taking them inside of both Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road, the childhood homes of John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney. These two small houses in suburban Liverpool are where the Beatles were born: John and Paul grew up there, practiced their music and wrote some of the first songs made famous by the Beatles.

 

Following the two-and-a-half-hour tour, the couple were dropped back at the Albert Dock ready to experience The Beatles Story, the world’s largest attraction dedicated to telling the story of The Beatles’ rise to fame. The attraction takes visitors through a detailed history of the band, from their humble childhood beginnings in Liverpool, to playing in Hamburg, recording in London, breaking America and conquering the world.

 

 

Kyle said: “It’s class, I just loved the whole thing, seeing things like George Harrison’s first guitar and the letter sent by John Lennon to the Queen, it’s something else just being in the same vicinity as those.

“My whole family loves music, when I was younger I couldn’t play any instruments but I would always sing harmonies and stuff, and when my brother-in-law introduced me to The Beatles I was just shocked. He bought me a guitar and I became obsessed, I couldn’t bear not knowing how to play the songs. I remember the first Beatles song I learned to play was ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’, and now pretty much everything I do always has a Beatles element in it. They changed my life in a big way.”

 

Following The Beatles Story, Kyle and Laura jumped aboard the Magical Mystery Tour, taking them outside of the city centre once again to visit places that inspired some of The Beatles’ most memorable songs – Penny Lane and Strawberry Field. The tour concluded at the legendary Cavern Club, where The Beatles performed a total of 292 times.

Here, Kyle told us a story from when he proposed to Laura using an 'Old Brown Shoe' and all about his most recent tattoo, an image of John Lennon on the back of his hand, he said: “John is my favourite, it used to be Paul because I love Wings but now it’s John, even though I love them all. It’s so hard to choose favourites but ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ is probably my favourite song, and Abbey Road is one of my favourite albums in the world.”

 

After a full day of touring just a few of the ‘fab’ Beatles attractions that Liverpool has to offer, the couple returned to their hotel, with an increased appreciation for The Beatles. Kyle will be returning to Liverpool in September, whilst taking a break from working with The View, to embark on his first tour as a solo artist. His new album is full of Beatles influence, he said: “If you like The Beatles you’ll like this, it’s similar to Paul McCartney’s ‘granny-style’ Music Hall songs and his later work with Wings. There are a lot of strings and harmonies. I recorded it in Paul Weller’s studio with a piano that was half a tone out of tune, for a honky-tonk sound, he got it because it sounds like The Beatles’ records.”

To find out more about Kyle's solo music click here, or to discover the story of The Beatles, Kyle's favourite ever band, please click here.

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