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20180104 LiverpoolLegends carrylouiseMarty Scott wasn't sure what was happening. What he did know, however, is that he was sitting on a couch with Louise Harrison, sister of the Beatles' George Harrison. It was 2001 and the lead guitarist for the legendary band has just recently died.

Also sitting on the couch was the Beatles' Paul McCartney.

Marty, who plays the role of Harrison in the Beatles' tribute band the Liverpool Legends, was singing with his Chicago-area band at a Beatles convention where Louise was the guest of honor.

“I just struck up a bizarre friendship with her and we became good friends,” Scott said. “Here I am the guy who sings George stuff in our little local band and a week later I'm on a couch with her and Paul McCartney and just got thrown into this world.”

With the guidance of Louise, in 2005 the Liverpool Legends was formed. It has been nothing but a whirlwind of amazing stories and sold-out shows worldwide. The Liverpool Legends are the only Beatles tribute band with a direct link to a family member of the Beatles – and they're coming back to the Rio Grande Valley.

The Liverpool Legends will perform two Rio Grande Valley shows. On Friday, Jan. 12 they will perform at the Edinburg Auditorium from 8 to 10 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 13 they will be at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium for a 7 to 9 p.m. performance.

The group has its own theater, which looks like a giant yellow submarine, in Branson, Mo., where they also own homes. Louise Harrison moved there as well after forming the legendary look-a-like and sound-a-like group that has headlined the Rose Bowl and Carnegie Hall, and walked the red carpet after being nominated for a Grammy – all just last year.

“I didn't know anything about Branson and when we got there, there was nothing there like us – it was all country acts and magicians and we stuck out like a sore thumb,” Scott said.

The band stays in Branson for about six months of the year before they begin traveling. They have performed all over the world including Chile, Egypt, Ecuador, Israel and more. They have sold out an 18,000-seat arena in Mexico City and recently performed a Christmas show there.

“There are Beatles fans all over the world but it seems the closer we get to Mexico, the more there are – like in the Valley, they are just everywhere,” Scott said. “We've been going to the Valley for about six years and it has been a really great stopping area for us.”

Scott said the craziness of being part of the Liverpool Legends hasn't slowed down since that day he friended Louise and sat with her and McCartney.

“Louise is part of our meet and greet in Branson and does some Q and A’s at the shows,” Scott said. “She's like a mom to me – she's family. Every year just gets bigger as we build on it. I don't know how we can top it this year.”

Tickets for the Edinburg show on Jan. 12 are available at Hermes Music and The Boot Jack valleywide. Or go online to www.topboxtickets.com or call 1-800-514-3849.

Call 956-631-1411 for tickets for the Harlingen Show on Jan. 13. Winter Texans receive a $5 discount for this show. ID required.

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