Monday, May 21, 2018

The Beatles' significance in Russia recalled at Yekaterinburg tribute concert

A recent tribute concert in Yekaterinburg memorializing the legendary rock band The Beatles served as a reminder that Beatlemania is alive and well in Russia.

The January 16 performance was scheduled deliberately - on January 16, 1957, the Cavern club was opened in Liverpool, where the Beatles got their start. UNESCO established January 16 as 'Beatles Day' in 2001, Voice of Russia reports.

The Beatles' relationship with Russia has been the topic of many myths. When the Soviet Union was dissolved, many believed the Beatles were forbidden from the USSR and that Beatles fans were prosecuted by Russian authorities.

Although fans in the former Soviet Union had to resort to great lengths simply to hear their favorite band's songs, such barriers seemed to only fuel their Beatlemania. In fact, the largest collection of Beatles recordings, photos, and memorabilia is owned by Koyla Vasin in St. Petersburg. Vasin is internally renowned for his extensive collection, and even founded The Beatles Museum and the Temple of Love, Peace and Music in St. Petersburg, according to Voice of Russia.