Earworms: Blessing or Curse?

Earworms, that phenomenon where a tune gets stuck in your head…  After a weekend photographing at the International Beatles Week hosted by the Cavern Club in Liverpool, I’ve currently got two fabulous tunes doing battle in-between my ears.

At this year’s festival I was booked to photograph longstanding clients The ROCKiTs at four of their booked performances as well as catching some new promotional images. The band having recently gained Chris Hunt as a new lead guitarist and it was great to get to know Chris and wife Kay on and off stage over the weekend. Highlights included photographing the band performing the Beatles Hard Day’s Night Album on the Adelphi Hotel’s Ballroom Stage.

The annual festival attracts guests and bands from all over the world on an annual pilgrimage to Liverpool, home of the Mersey Beat with The Cavern Club at it’s heart. It was great to catch up with the Cavern City Tours team, organisers of the event (and my hosts) as well as many of the bands and die-hard fans who I’ve met in previous years.

Now getting back to the Earworms, in this case an absolute blessing. In my case they are the exciting memories of moments in time, places, people, sights and of course sounds and emotions.

The first Earworm is the result of popping into the Royal Philharmonic Hall to see and photograph some of The Overtures live Cavern Legacy show. I met the guys last year and loved their live show, so made a point of catching up with them this year. Hearing Jamie’s rendition of Rod Stewart’s Handbags and Gladrags was amazing and is still bringing out the goosebumps. I’m fairly gutted I couldn’t see the whole show, but had I done I would have missed out on the second earworm.

A regular guest at International Beatles Week is Mark Hudson, the American record producer famed for his writing and producing with Aerosmith, Jon Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne, Ringo Star and many others as well as vocal coaching on the X Factor.

Mark caught some of The ROCKiTs Saturday night set and sang an impromptu track with the band which was repeated on Sunday night during their set in The Cavern. Mark said some amazing things about the band and after his own acoustic performance at the Philharmonic on Bank Holiday Monday, Mark made a beeline for The Cavern Pub where the band were performing their penultimate gig.

This time Mark Hudson spent half the set on stage with the guys, opening with an amazing, unique version of The Rolling Stones hit It’s All Over Now – somehow I can’t really think of a better way to round up this particular promo assignment with the guys and I suspect a lot of people from that particular Liverpool pub are now sharing my favourite earworm right now.

I’ll be sifting through my 1,018 images from the weekend and posting some in the Gallery soon, hope you’ll like them. In the meantime I’ll just keep humming to myself and smiling.

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Yet more live music photography…?

Live Music Photography – Stuart Homer Photography Ltd. Brian ‘Boots’ Jones of The Undertakers joins The ROCKiTS and Gary Gibson at the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic

I know this page seems to be more and more focussed on live music photography, rather than representing the full spectrum of work I undertake. It isn’t intentional, it’s just that the music photography is so much FUN.

This week I’ve been working with the Cavern City Tours team to photograph key highlights of International Beatles Week. The event sees bands from all over the world gathering in the Merseybeat city, this year with the added bonus of the 50th Anniversary of Ringo joining the Fab Four.

Friday night gave the chance to photograph good friends and Cavern resident bands The Rockits and The slightly prettier Beatelles in The Cavern Club and also The Adelphi Hotel. Saturday brought the opportunity to work in the magnificent Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Hall, celebrating John Lennon’s Birthday by photographing tributes by Gary Gibson, The Rockits, The Cavern Beatles, Paul Kappa and Jon Keats.

Monday’s bad weather led to the cancellation of The Matthew Street Festival and lots of rescheduling for the bands expecting to play the outdoor stages. Every cloud has a silver lining, in the shape of the opportunity to work with The Overtures, catching some of the enthusiasm and energy of their performance in The Adelphi Hotel’s main stage.

Then it was back to the Philharmonic for the main event, with the Brazilian orchestra Ouro Preto, The Cavern Beatles and Pepperland. Finally for the night a quick taxi ride back to The Adelphi to photograph The Searchers on stage. I always make a point of introducing myself and explaining what I’d like to do – and what a genuinely tremendous bunch of gentlemen. I ended up on stage, photographing The Searchers with the 1968 Bronica… what a night.

Today brings Gerry Marsden in the The Cavern, my last assignment of the weekend… Bring it on!