On this day, 1957, The Cavern Club opened in Liverpool and became the most famous live music venue in the U.K., and the home of The Beatles.
The club closed in March 1973, and was filled in during construction work on the underground rail loop. Jan Akkerman with Dutch group Focus were the last to play The Cavern a few days before the club was shut down in May 1973.
In April 1984 what remained of the club was taken over by footballer Tommy Smith in association with Royal Life. It was re-built with many of the same bricks that had been used in the original club. In 1989 the club failed under massive financial pressures and closed for 18 months.)
In 1991, The Cavern reopened and has become a world-famous tourist spot. The club functions primarily as a live music venue. The music policy varies from ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s classic pop music to indie, rock and modern chart music.
On 14 December 1999, former Beatle Paul McCartney returned to the New Cavern Club stage to play his last gig of 1999 publicising his new album, Run Devil Run. The Cavern Club is still open as one of the UK’s most famous venues. It has around 40 live bands performing every week; both tribute and original bands, although the majority perform their own material. The back room of the Cavern is the most frequently used location for live bands and this mainly plays host to young up-and-coming groups playing original material.