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The Beatles Trail — Five Places for the Nostalgic Beatlemaniac

The famous Beatles need no introduction. Widely regarded as the most influential music band in history, they were the kings of rock and roll while also testing out several other styles.

Global Beatles Day is different from the Beatles Day on July 10, which celebrates their triumphant return to home soil after a US tour.

Today is more about celebrating the values they embraced, while also appreciating the musical wonders they brought into the world. Throughout their career, they promoted the idea of peace and love, and radically changed the way people expressed themselves.

As tribute to their global presence, we list out a few places they landed on to colonize the world’s musical kingdoms.

1. London

London carries many a Beatles memory. From Buckingham Palace to Hard Rock Café, this city is packed with sights for fans. There are dedicated tours that take you around signature spaces — like the house Paul lived in when he wrote Yesterday.

2. Hamburg

Years before they evolved into household names, the Beatles were testing their waters on nightclub stages in Hamburg. They paid several visits to the city between 1960 and 1966, crucial years of their development as a band.

3. Ireland

The Beatles statue at Pier Head, Liverpool

When the band toured Ireland in 1963, John Lennon declared that they were all Irish. The band members had Irish roots, and they took off at Liverpool, often referred to as “The Real Capital of Ireland” due to its large Irish population. John and his wife Yoko also penned two protest songs inspired by the events in Northern Ireland for their 1972 album Some Time in New York City.

4. New Zealand

“Everything changed after the Beatles came”, said Rachel Stace, a Beatles fan. The Beatles toured New Zealand in 1964, marking their presence with concerts at Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin and Christchurch. This visit occurred as the country was undergoing a cultural shift, opening up to the world as never before, so its significance was all the more pronounced.

5. Delhi

Ever the experimenters, the Beatles were also intrigued by the possibilities of Indian classical music. On the way back from their traumatic tour of the east in 1966, they took a day off in Delhi and checked out Rikhi Ram’s musical instruments shop. George Harrison would take a break later that year to visit India and study under Pandit Ravi Shankar, laying the foundation for a life-long friendship.

The list doesn’t end here, as you all know. But this is our pick. Which are yours?

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