Thursday, July 6, 2017
The brains behind the operation
It was in 2000 that George Harrison himself talked to his friend, Guy Laliberté (who just happened to be the founder of Cirque de Soleil) of an idea he had of doing a Cirque show using dance mixes of Beatles songs. Originally Fatboy Slim was thought to do the music side of things. The idea that George had was for someone else to perform the Beatles hits for the show.
Sadly, when George passed away in 2001, the idea of the Cirque show sort of fizzled out for a while. But it did eventually gain momentum again. I am not sure if Paul McCartney's work with the Cirque performers during his 2002 tour had anything to do with it or not. Eventually, George and Giles Martin decided to rework the original idea and use the Beatles actual recordings instead of someone else.
The Love show opened in 2006 and has been going strong in Las Vegas ever since. I think George would be very proud of what it turned in to. It is easy to forget that it was George Harrison that came up with the idea and planted those originally seeds that bloomed into what it is today. So I wanted to take a moment and give George the credit he deserves.