If you go
What: Liverpool Legends: Beatles Tribute Show
When: 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: University of Charleston Riggleman Hall
Tickets: $35 for adults, $10 for college students and $5 for youth 18 and under
Info: www.communitymusicassociation.com or 304-744-1400
FYI: The concert is sponsored by the Community Music Association, which still has season ticket packages available. All concerts now take place at UC.
Guitarist Marty Scott says it was stressful but ultimately a career changer when his Beatles tribute performance passed muster with the sister of the guy he portrays.
He now calls Louise Harrison, sister of the late Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison, both his adoptive mother and big sister.
"I'm sitting on her front porch swing right now," he said during a phone interview. "We take care of each other."
Scott is one-fourth of the Liverpool Legends, the tribute band he and Louise Harrison put together shortly after George Harrison died in 2001. Scott already had been performing in a tribute group, and that's how he met Louise.
"I was performing at a Beatles convention and she was the honorary guest," he said. "We were the headlining act, and she was coming to be the guest speaker. I was quite nervous - I was was like, 'I hope I don't suck,' and after the show the promoter said, 'Miss Harrison would like to speak with you.'
"We ended up really hitting it off," Scott said. "Which was really weird that the 'George' guy was hanging out with George's sister. We've never not been together since then. We kind of adopted each other."
Louise had the idea to put together a new tribute group featuring the very best Beatles-like performers she could assemble - and she wanted Scott to be a part of it.
A week after the convention, Louise introduced Scott to Paul McCartney.
"I got to sit on a couch with him for 45 minutes. He was so cool," Scott recalled. "Louise and I had gone to dinner at a nice Italian restaurant before, and I had just enough wine in me that I wasn't nervous. And she introduced me as her new adopted baby brother."
Scott said McCartney was supportive of Louise's idea to put together a top-notch tribute band, one that would even include a version of himself, down to the left-handed guitar playing.
"We wanted a Paul that was able to play lefty because it doesn't look right the other way," Scott said. "We needed people with certain ranges and that looked a certain way."
After all, the band members had to be able to look and play like the Beatles through all of its phases, from "Please Please Me" through "Rubber Soul," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band," "Yellow Submarine" and beyond.
"Louise was so connected. She helped me pluck guys from the best groups," Scott said.
A year later, Liverpool Legends was born, with Scott as George Harrison, Kevin Mantegna as John Lennon, Bob Beahon as Paul McCartney (yes, he's a lefty), and Greg George as Ringo Starr, with the most striking resemblance to the drummer.
The show's first stop, and it was a long one, was in Branson, Missouri, the Vegas of the Midwest, where the band played five nights a week for about eight years.