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‘The Beatles’ Love’ cast takes Southwest flight from S.F. to L.V. to mark anniversary

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Artists from “The Beatles’ Love” by Cirque du Soleil perform Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in baggage claim at McCarran International Airport in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ only Las Vegas appearance.

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Artists from "The Beatles’ Love" by Cirque du Soleil on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at McCarran International Airport, after arriving on a flight from San Francisco, where they performed in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' only Las Vegas appearance. The Beatles took the same route in 1964, when they performed in San Francisco before traveling to Las Vegas.

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Artists from "The Beatles’ Love" by Cirque du Soleil perform Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in baggage claim at McCarran International Airport in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' only Las Vegas appearance.

Cast members from Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles’ Love” at the Mirage joined with Southwest Airlines and our McCarran International Airport to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ historic Las Vegas arrival in 1964.

In celebration of the band’s first and only visit here, cast members from “Love” took the same route The Fab Four did 50 years ago on a Southwest flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas while travelers arriving from all over the globe were treated to surprise performances from the hit show inside McCarran’s Terminal 1 baggage claim.

“It’s hard to believe Beatlemania swept the United States 50 years ago,” said Tim Smith, artistic director for “Love.” “We at ‘Love’ are delighted to keep that spirit alive every night at the Mirage in Las Vegas.

“It was natural for us to want to honor The Beatles and their fans by celebrating the only way we at Cirque du Soleil know how — with exhilarating live performances that bring the music of The Beatles to life.”

Earlier, the “Love” cast surprised guests at San Francisco International Airport with a performance before boarding the Southwest flight to Las Vegas. During the flight, passengers were treated to in-flight giveaways as they posed for photographs with the Cirque performers.

“We love to create special moments onboard our flights,” said Linda Rutherford, Southwest Airlines vice president “This was a fun and unique way to leave a lasting memory with our customers.”

The celebration continued at McCarran’s baggage claim as travelers were greeted with pop-up performances by the “Love” cast. The performances featured a special arrangement of three of The Beatles’ biggest hits, “Get Back,” “Drive My Car” and “Sgt. Pepper,” with “Love” performers dancing on top of carousels and acrobats flipping on trampolines as a vintage 1960s Volkswagen Beetle was driven through baggage claim.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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