Phil: If you can see the whites of their eyes it’s unnerving! With a big audience, there’s a gap between you and the audience so you can psyche yourself into thinking there’s no one there and if I make the biggest mistake of my life it doesn’t matter!
So Derek, as a Staffordshire lad, does it feel more special playing to your hometown?
Derek: Even though I’ve toured and travelled the world, it’s always been home and it is nice to come back.
So, what is your favourite song to perform from Abbey Road?
Derek: The last one!
Chris: That’s a tough question! I tend to look at it as a whole piece of music in it’s own right from start to finish
Phil: George Harrison songs are probably the best on for me.
Derek: When I first heard the Abbey Road album, I always wanted to perform Because and thirty years on I’m getting to fulfil that ambition, so that song has to be the inspirational song on the album for me.
Phil: John Lennon was probably the least musically educated, yet he just did stuff and it worked. Abbey Road it’s such an accomplished piece of music it’s hard to know where it came from. When you try to play it you can tell he just came upon it, which makes it even more remarkable.
Chris: You can extend that to a lot of songs, as they were so young when they were writing these incredible songs. They’re basically geniuses!
An even tougher question; what is your favourite Beatles song?
Phil: It’s so subjective and once you name one you want to add more.
Derek: When John Lennon’s death was announced on the radio, the first thing I played was Across The Universe and it made me cry that day. It will always stick in my mind.
Phil: In My Life is a fantastic song; simple but couldn’t be improved in any way.
Chris: Long and Winding Road is one of my favourites, it’s just a great song and I get to sing it live which is even better!
Is there anyone in the charts that you find exciting at the moment?
Derek: I love Ed Sheeran; he’s brilliant
Chris: He is pretty good. I do like Jessie J, her voice is extraordinary.
Biggest rock ‘n’ roll highlight?
Chris: I’ve never really been a bad boy!