Brazil - Nuts about Us; Four of South America's Greatest Rock Musicians Are Coming to Liverpool to Pay Homage to the Beatles, Giving the City a TV Audience of 40m People. David Charters Reports

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Brazil - Nuts about Us; Four of South America's Greatest Rock Musicians Are Coming to Liverpool to Pay Homage to the Beatles, Giving the City a TV Audience of 40m People. David Charters Reports


Byline: David Charters

TRANSATLANTIC marriage forged in the love of rock and roll is about to be celebrated on the docks of Liverpool and, 35 years after they split up, the Beatles will still be the best men.

Not only that, but the knees-up will be held at The Cavern.

It is true that Brazil and Liverpool are separated by a mighty ocean, history, language and culture, but they are joined by an appreciation of good conversation, ironic humour and a passion for rock music and football.

So it was appropriate that, when Liverpool was offering the world John, Paul, George and Ringo, the Brazilians replied with the only other living person universally known by one name (apologies here to Elvis).

He was, of course, Pele, though Edson Arantes do Nascimento is more of a tongue stretcher than McCartney, Lennon, Harrison or Starr.

Soon, an audience estimated at 40 million Brazilians will view an hour-long documentary about Liverpool. It has been hailed as a golden opportunity for the city to win an important new tourist market as we approach the 2008 European Capital of Culture.

On Friday, a super group of Brazil's leading rock musicians arrives in Liverpool for a three-day stay during which they will perform and record Beatles' songs at The Cavern, visit other tourist attractions with Blue Badge guides, go on the Magical Mystery Tour and watch Liverpool's match against West Ham United at Anfield.

Their progress will be followed by cameras and Pedro Paulo Caneiro, who is directing the programme which will be shown on five main Brazilian channels including Fantastico, TV Globo, and MTV Brazil.

All this has been arranged by VisitBritain, the Government's tourism agency; the Mersey Partnership, the Beatles Story and The Cavern in co-operation with the Brazilian TV people.

Before they come to Liverpool, the musicians will spend four days in London, where they will be visiting the sites, including the legendary Abbey Road studios, where the Beatles recorded.

These middle-aged rockers from Rio are drawn from two of the most successful and enduring Brazilian bands. They are the Barao Vermelho (Red Baron), who toured South America with the Rolling Stones in 1995, and Kid Abelha, popularly known as Kid Bee. Although they are friendly rivals, both having sold millions of records, the bands have joined to form a supergroup called Os Britos for the documentary.

The quartet is Nani Dias (from Kid Abelha, vocals and guitar), George Israel (Kid Abelha, vocals and guitar), Rodrigo Santos (Barao Vermelho, vocals and bass), Guto Goffic (Barao Vermhelo, drummer).

Well, that is the good news. Less happily, if it had not been for the Beatles, Liverpool would be almost unknown to most ordinary Brazilians, though there might be some distant memories of it as the British port which carried millions of Europeans to the New World. …

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