The Beatles' home town of Liverpool is gearing up for the 50th anniversary of the group's landmark Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album this June.
The city has commissioned 13 artists to create works based on each of the album's 13 tracks, which will include a title track dance tribute by choreographer Mark Morris, a "Fixing A Hole" mural by American artist Judy Chicago, a 64-choir public singalong for "When I'm Sixty-Four" and an "outlandish procession" by performance artist Meow Moew for "Lovely Rita."
The works are slated to be performed between May 25 and June 16, while Liverpool will host a fireworks show by France's Christophe Berthonneau on June 1, the album's actual anniversary.
The Beatles camp, meanwhile, is reportedly planning a 50th anniversary reissues of "Sgt. Pepper's" that will add the non-album single "Strawberry Fields Forever" b/w "Penny Lane" to the set.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.