In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band this week, the Google Earth geographical program has created a special virtual tour of famous sites in Beatles history.
The special feature lets viewers visit nine locations across the globe significant to the Fab Four, starting with the Cavern Club, the famous venue in the band’s hometown, Liverpool, U.K., where The Beatles played many early gigs.
Google Earth’s Beatles tour then brings the viewer to Penny Lane in Liverpool; Indra Club 64 in Hamburg, Germany; Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City; the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles; Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India; and Abbey Road Studios in London.
The virtual journey wraps up with visits to the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel, where John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their first “Bed-In for Peace” protest in March 1969, and the “Strawberry Fields” memorial in New York’s Central Park.
Each stop on the tour features a photo of the site and information about its history.
Google Earth allows users to view sites all over the planet utilizing satellite imagery, aerial photographs and sources.
As previously reported, this Thursday, June 1, marks the 50th anniversary of the official U.K. release of Sgt. Pepper; the album hit stores in the U.S. the following day.
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