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Justin Bieber Causes Near-Riots in Liverpool

Peter Kramer/NBC(LIVERPOOL, England) -- Justin Bieber is in Liverpool, England gearing up for his performance at the city's Echo Arena Friday night, but die-hard fans just couldn’t seem to wait until the show to catch a glimpse of the Bieb. 

In a scene reminiscent of what happened in Liverpool 40 years ago with that city's favorite sons, The Beatles, huge crowds of screaming fans gathered outside Justin’s hotel Thursday and, MTV reports, shut down the entire block. Justin tweeted "This is crazy. There are like thousands of people out there. Love everybody but gonna try and get some sleep. Please don't scream. LOL.”

Both E! and TMZ reported earlier that Liverpool police asked Justin and his entourage to not leave the hotel or even step out on his balcony in fear that a riot might occur.  In fact, they were threatened with arrest if they did so.  Then, TMZ reported that police changed their minds, and advised Justin to step out onto the balcony and wave, in hopes that the crowds would begin to disperse.  Justin did just that, and then tweeted, "That was great! Got to say hi to everyone. We are following the rules." 

Unfortunately, the screaming Beliebers weren't satisfied and stayed put.

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Cavern Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Beatles' Performance

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LIVERPOOL, England) -- On Wednesday, Feb. 9, The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first performance on its stage.

In February 1961, the Fab Four's lineup featured Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and drummer Pete Best, who was replaced by Ringo Starr in 1962.  Best's mother, Mona, was the one to beg the club's talent booker, Ray McFall, to give the band a chance to play.  Their first concert was a lunchtime slot.

The Cavern Club's co-owner, Dave Jones, said that the Beatles eventually "became the house band" of the club.  They would go on to play 292 shows there, according to Rolling Stone.  Jones said that, at their first show, many of the songs they played were covers of songs by Chuck Berry and Little Richard.

The Cavern Club celebrated by having one of their current house bands perform a one-hour lunchtime set, just as The Beatles did 50 years ago, and then followed it up with a Beatles tribute concert that evening.´╗┐

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