John Lennon’s sister makes a stop at NewsChannel 9

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As we near the 50th anniversary of the last ever Beatles tour, John Lennon’s sister stopped in Syracuse with the only all-Liverpool born tribute band, the Mersey Beatles.

Julia Baird visited Syracuse with the band on their first ever American tour.

Baird was about six years younger than her famous sibling.

“He was just a brother, not denigrating John, he was just a brother, he wasn’t a Beatle when he was 12 or anything but he was already playing the guitar very young. In fact, he was playing the banjo.  My mother taught him the banjo,” she tells NewsChannel 9.

Baird remembers quite vividly when John was not just her brother anymore but he and his band, The Beatles who were playing a show in London, were now stars.

“We knew they were big then because the Rolling Stones were in the dressing room and my sister and I were like whoa, we’ve got no eyes on the Beatles, there’s Mick Jagger.” Baird says.

She’s also promoting her book “Imagine This: Growing up with my brother John Lennon”.

The Mersey Beatles will be playing at the Palace Theatre in Syracuse at 8 p.m. tonight.

Tickets will be available at the door, available for $25 for general admission, or $50 for a VIP ticket. VIP tickets include a meet and greet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with the band, as well as with Baird.

“What would John think? I think he’d probably get up and sing with them,” Baird said, regarding what her late brother would think of the tribute band. “I think he’d probably knock ol’ Mark off the microphone and say, ‘this is how you do it.’”

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