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The Venetian Pisses On The Beatles

By Chuckmonster on Monday, 19th March 2012 3:32pm
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The Beatles' Abbey Road. One of the most iconic album covers ever produced. An cover so deep with meaning, innuendo and rumor that the intersection where it was taken has been named a "National Historic Place" in England.

An album so engaging that The Venetian's Madame Tussauds wax museum has installed a display of it. If only they didn't completely fuck it up.

Legend has it that the Abbey Road album cover depicts the rumored death of Paul McCartney, with the Beatles representing a funeral procession. John, in all white, is an angel, Ringo in tailored suit is the preacher, Paul smoking a cigarette in a rumpled suit with no shoes is the body and George in denim and work boots is the grave digger. Also the license plate of the VW Bug on the left side of the road is 28 IF - the age Paul McCartney would have been IF he didn't die. The correct order of Beatles is (from right to left) John, Ringo, Paul, George.

Madame Tussauds, in all their wisdom have re-arranged the order of the Beatles (John, Paul, George & Ringo) removed the cigarette from Paul's hand and given him a pair of flip flops. Because Madame Tussauds has the right to edit the Beatles.

If that wasn't bad enough, they have them walking on a goddamn piano keyboard painted in the road.

Shoot me now.

Thanks to Misnomer for dropping the dime on this foolishness.

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Comments & Discussion:

They should have also spliced in Tom Hanks and the old dude from 'Big' to play on the giant keyboard!

What possible reason is there to rearrange the order? It's also ironic to take away the cigarette in a place that offers as much smoke as Vegas.

That is a mess.Even for a fake museum like Madame Tussauds it's bad.

Actually Chuck, Lennon in his white suit is the preacher & Ringo in his dark suit is the undertaker.

But it's still hard to believe that they fucked that up so bad...

I could have respected this if it was the Destroyer cover. Can't wait to see what they do with the white album.

Did they not have an original copy of the picture? How could they screw this up and will they fix it since the staff is going to be asked about it every time someone who knows better passes by the wax figures?

Maybe they did it to skirt trademark/copyright issues or to avoid a huge licensing fee, or something of that nature?

Hard to believe that an MT art director would deliberately mess up such an iconic image solely for creative reasons.

I remember the expert on Paul's death who appeared on the Mike Douglas Show claimed something like (it was 40+ years ago) the British buried people barefoot for some reason.

Am I the only one who gets really creeped out by wax figures? I want nothing to do with the museum and when they put one of those wax figures in the lobby to advertise the museum I stay as far away as possible.

Here's my thought. When people talk about the Beatles these days they list the members as 'John, Paul, George, and Ringo'. Since the Beatles are old most people under 35 or so don't really know what they looked like so they put them in that order to more easily pick them out.

The flip-flops are pretty inexcusable though...

The "28IF" thing is what always gets me. Abbey Road was released on 26 September 1969. McCartney was born on 18 June 1942.

Math is hard!

Rumor also has it they used an old carousel horse from Circus Circus to build the Molly Hatchet album replica, then fired a shot across the bow of their neighbor by using a wax replica of Steve Wynn to replace Eddie in the Iron Maiden section. Criminal.

It appears that the mistakes are intentional, as apparently as part of this new exhibit, visitors are supposed to pick out all of the mistakes.


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