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The Philadelphia Inquirer: Entertainment Newsmakers

No Comments 31 January 1999

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The HMV store rooftop on Walnut Street was the stage yesterday for a 30th-anniversary recreation of the Beatles’ last concert. Kyra Kennedy holds a song sheet for Jim Boggia (left) and Eric Bazillian, Scott Bricklin, Roger Cox and Mike Frank rounded out the group.

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A group of musicians will re-create the Beatles’ last concert 30 years ago today on the roof of HMV Music, 1510 Walnut Street. D11

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Philadelphia Daily News: It Was 30 Years Ago Today . . .

No Comments 29 January 1999

Why should Philadelphia only have re-enactments of Revolutionary War scenes? Five local musicians plan to re-enact a moment in rock ‘n’ roll history tomorrow, creating a bit of ’60s swinging London on Walnut Street.

Thirty years ago this week, the Beatles climbed onto a London rooftop and gave what would be their last public performance, singing tunes from their final album, Let It Be. The 42-minute show was immortalized in a documentary and countless bootlegs.

At 1 p.m. tomorrow, Eric Bazilian (of Hooters fame), Manayunk bandleader Jim Boggia, Scott Bricklin (late of local rockers Bricklin, now with Martin’s Dam), Roger Cox (of Ultrasound) and keyboardist Mike Frank, in the Billy Preston Fifth Beatle role, will climb up to the roof of the HMV music store at 1510 Walnut, and make like the Beatles.

Boggia, who thought this up, gets to be John Lennon.

“I’ve wanted to do this since I was 5 or 6 years old and first saw the Let It Be film”, said Boggia, who organized the incredible simulation. “I thought, playing on the roof, what a cool idea.”

The musicians plan to give as “authentic a recreation” as possible, he said.

The Beatles’ impromptu gig lasted 42 minutes, and featured nine songs, including ‘Get Back’ and other now-familiar tunes. The Philadelphians will play the same set.

HMV shoppers and listeners to radio station Y-100 have been urged to come and gawk from the street, as pleasantly surprised Londoners did a generation ago.

Of course, rock ‘n’ roll scholars know John, Paul, George and Ringo were arrested at the end of their unauthorized outdoor performance. Might history repeat at Saturday’s show?

Let’s just say officials with police and the department of License and Inspections have yet to receive any advance word of the al fresco performance.

“We’re still dealing with the little details,” Boggia said.

Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

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