Neil Harrison is a British musician and dramatist. He was a founder-member of The Beatles tribute band, The Bootleg Beatles, in which he played John Lennon. He was replaced by Adam Hastings in 2011.
The Bootleg Beatles:
Following the final show of the West End musical Beatlemania, which Harrison joined at the age of 28, Harrison formed The Bootleg Beatles with fellow cast members Andre Barreau and David Catlin-Birch. The band invested their dwindling finances in two guitars - an Epiphone and a Gretsch - as well as two Vox amplifiers, four black polo-necks and a wig.
Harrison has stated that there have been three occasions when he has met original members of The Beatles.
His first experience was in 1968, when he and some friends sang Christmas carols outside Paul McCartney's father's house on the Wirral.
The second meeting was in 1996 at David Gilmour's 50th birthday party. Gilmour booked both the Bootleg Beatles and the Australian Pink Floyd Show as he'd "always wanted to have the Beatles support Pink Floyd".George Harrison was in the audience and quipped "you probably know the chords better than I do" and "Where's the Bootleg Brian Epstein? 'Cos he's got all the money!".
The third meeting was at the Party at the Palace for the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2002, where McCartney headlined.
On the 26th March 2011 at a gig in St Albans, Neil Harrison, otherwise known as 'Bootleg John' shocked the audience after coming to the stage to perform 'Imagine' as an encore by announcing that he was leaving the group 'to bring the average age down a bit'. He sang 'Imagine' after shouts of support and thanks from the crowd and was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a further gift from the band. The Bootlegs then performed 'Back In The USSR' followed rather fittingly by the medley of songs from Abbey Road that culminates with 'The End'. The band left the stage to a standing ovation and further shouts of thanks to Neil.
Outside of the Bootleg Beatles, Harrison wrote "I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do)", a single for Lulu from her 1981 self-titled album and has released a solo album entitled Richmond Hill.
He also released an album in 1974 on Deram Records called All Dressed Up and Nowhere To Go". The album sounds very similar to The Beatles works.