Mansfield’s Bootleg Beatle to play in Notts

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Beatlemania may have officially ended in 1970, but for one Mansfield-born musician, he is carving out quite a successful career on the back of the Liverpudlian legends.

Steve White makes up one quarter of the longest-running fake Fab Four in the world - The Bootleg Beatles - and with hundreds of other tribute acts now emulating the 60s heroes across the world, that’s saying something.

Having formed in 1980, the group is still in demand and will take to the stage in Nottingham next month as part of their latest UK tour.

And for Steve, who was ‘born and bred’ in Mansfield and attended Carter Lane School, it will be the closest he will get to a homecoming gig.

The 44-year-old has been the band’s own Paul McCartney for little over a year after coming to the band’s attention through a music website.

He played in a series of 60s tribute band in his younger years, and he honed his McCartney mannerisms as they played more Beatles tracks.

The former Phelan’s Printer worker took the role so seriously, he even learned to play his Hofner bass guitar left-handed, despite having played guitar right-handed all his life.

He explained: “Everyone said I was good but said it was a shame I wasn’t left-handed like Paul McCartney which narked me a little bit so I decided to learn,” explained Steve, who now lives in Mansfield Woodhouse.

“It took me about three months initially; it was very crude at first but it was enough to wing it! That was seven years ago and I’ve been doing it ever since- it’s got easier.”

But playing with his weaker hand has been only part of challenge as the band continuously try to emulate their musical heroes in fine detail to provide a genuine Beatles musical experience for fans.

Steve admits he continuously works on his McCartney persona, watching footage, listening to various recordings of tracks, but he welcomes it as part of his job, which has become full time.

In his short time in the band he’s been to Australia, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia and South America, and flew out to Kuala Lumpur last week just to play two dates.

“I think The Beatles are as big today as they ever were,” added Steve.

“I absolutely love it, I’m a Beatles fan and it’s not like a job to me. I love being able to get on stage, dress up like them and try to emulate that sound of one of my heroes.”

The Bootleg Beatles play at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall on Monday 16th December.

Tickets are available by calling 0115 989 5555.