Stevie Van Zandt surprised his Liverpool fans yesterday by making a pit stop at the city’s most iconic venue – the Cavern Club for an intimate lunchtime set.
Little Steven is currently in the UK as part of a seven date run in support of his new album Soulfire. This up close and personal show on Liverpool’s Mathew Street was used as the perfect warm-up for Stevie’s penultimate UK show at O2 Academy Liverpool.
Little Steven and his band, The Disciples Of Soul are currently performing together in the UK in 25 years.
Throughout the course of this unique event Van Zandt paid tribute to The Beatles by performing three of their favourite tracks from the Cavern years; ‘Boys’ (originally by the Shirelles), ‘Slow Down’ (by Larry Williams) and ‘Soldier Of Love’ (first recorded by Arthur Alexander).
However, this was not the only time Van Zandt had associated himself with “The Fab Four” on this run. During the opening night of the tour at London’s Roundhouse Stevie was joined on stage by none other than Sir Paul McCartney himself. Of course, the pair also famously shared the stage together in 2012 during Springsteen’s set at Hard Rock Calling; a night where the power was unexpectedly shut off due to the council’s curfew. Therefore, Stevie invited Sir Paul to the stage to “finish some unfinished business,” during “I Saw Her Standing There”.
Speaking of the iconic venue, Van Zandt says, “Playing in the same venue where The Beatles started their careers is a childhood dream of mine come true. This was a band that set me on course for a life of music. For my Rock and Roll religion, the Cavern is the first sacred site. It was an honour, no make that an epiphany, to perform there!”
Van Zandt’s current UK run will conclude at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on November 16 before heading into mainland Europe until the end of 2017.
Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul – Cavern Club set list:
Magical Mystery Tour
Some Other Guy
Soldier of Love
Good Morning, Good Morning
Got To Get You Into My Life
All You Need Is Love
Photo: Steve Goudie