Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – As part of its weekend-long Grand Opening festivities, the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge announced today that country music legend Neal McCoy and Beatles cover band Liverpool Legends (hand-picked and managed by George Harrison’s sister) will perform free concerts outside of the new museum at 2134 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.
As the Titanic Museum Attraction is committed to telling the stories of the great ship and her passengers, it also pays tribute to the heritage of Liverpool (home port to the Titanic and hometown to most of her crew) and East Tennessee with its Grand Opening Celebration performances.
No doubt about it, in the 20 years since he released his first single, Neal McCoy – the one-of-a-kind country singer and consummate live performer – has enjoyed every minute of his long, successful career. Even with 11 albums, over 25 charted singles and countless thousands of touring miles already under his big belt buckle, the Longview, Texas-based artist has no intention of slowing down.
In addition to his legendary music career, McCoy says his numerous USO tours have been life changing experiences for him. His determination to leverage his celebrity status to benefit worthy causes goes way back. In 1995, McCoy and his wife, Melinda, established the East Texas Angel Network. Through fundraising activities, the organization has raised over five million dollars for medical treatments and related costs for children of East Texas with terminal or life-threatening diseases.
Members of Liverpool Legends have toured the world, playing in historic venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Cavern Club in Liverpool, recording at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London and performing with Denny Laine (co-founder of Wings with Paul McCartney), Pete Best (the original Beatles drummer) and the Boston Pops. They appeared on The Travel Channel’s “Beatlemania Britain” and headlined “International Beatles Week” in Liverpool where 100,000 Beatles fans jammed Victoria Street to hear them in concert.
Liverpool Legends received national attention as they re-created The Beatles 1966 concert at Busch Stadium in St. Louis in 2005 and now are the first and only Beatles Tribute band with a direct tie to the Beatles through their manager, Louise Harrison. Harrison personally auditioned each of the singer/actors who make up the Liverpool Legends.
Liverpool Legends perform songs spanning the entire career of The Beatles and through the solo careers of its members. With precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments and special effects, Liverpool Legends will make you feel like you are watching the real thing. Together, these four lads will bring “A Complete Beatles Experience” to the Titanic Museum Attraction’s grand opening weekend.
Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge is a half-scale, permanent, three-deck reproduction of the Titanic. The museum houses 20 galleries to display hundreds of authentic, priceless Titanic artifacts that were either carried from the ship and into lifeboats by passengers and crew, or were found afloat soon after the sinking and quickly salvaged by rescue boats.
Inside the Titanic Museum, visitors find full-size reproductions (built to actual Titanic blueprints) of a First Class suite, First Class hallways, Third Class accommodations and – the museum’s centerpiece – a $1 million exact reproduction of the Titanic’s Grand Staircase. The First Class suite will be a tribute to Isidor and Ida Straus, owners of Macy’s Department Stores, which was also the cabin used in James Cameron’s blockbuster movie Titanic as Rose’s suite.
“We pay respect to Titanic by telling the story of the ship and her passengers,” said John Joslyn, owner of the new Titanic Museum Attraction. “Visitors learn the individual stories of those onboard the ship as they are learning about the ship itself. We have spent years researching these people – and their stories are absolutely amazing.”
The new $25 million dollar permanent Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. will open on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 10 a.m. with a star-studded Grand Opening hosted by Regis Philbin. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be attended by descendants and family members of those onboard the Titanic and includes a christening of the ship.
The Liverpool Legends concert will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, April 9 and the Neal McCoy concert will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2010. Both concerts are free and open to the public. Tickets to the new Titanic Museum are now available online at www.TitanicPigeonForge.com. (Note: All of the outdoor Grand Opening festivities are free and open to the public, but admission to the Titanic Museum Attraction requires a ticket.)
Cedar Bay Entertainment is a privately owned entertainment and development company headquartered in Branson, Missouri, the original site of Cedar Bay’s first Titanic Museum Attraction. Since its April 2006 grand opening, it has welcomed more than 2,000,000 guests.