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Cirque du Soleil takes Beatles tribute to airports

The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil and Southwest Airlines at McCarran International Airport come together to commemorate The Beatles’ historic arrival to Las Vegas. The iconic English rock band first performed in Las Vegas on August 20, 1964, arriving on a flight from San Francisco. Upon arrival, The Beatles performed two shows at the Las Vegas Convention Center, each of which was seen by more than 8,000 people. Thursday, August 21, 2014. (Las Vegas News Bureau/Brian Jones, Las Vegas News Bureau)
The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil and Southwest Airlines at McCarran International Airport come together to commemorate The Beatles’ historic arrival to Las Vegas. The iconic English rock band first performed in Las Vegas on August 20, 1964, arriving on a flight from San Francisco. Upon arrival, The Beatles performed two shows at the Las Vegas Convention Center, each of which was seen by more than 8,000 people. Thursday, August 21, 2014. (Las Vegas News Bureau/Brian Jones, Las Vegas News Bureau)
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Updated: 8/22 4:26 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Visitors flying into Las Vegas got more than just their luggage when they stopped by baggage claim.

Cast members from Cirque du Soleil danced on the carousels, did handstands on the moving sidewalks and rode a vintage Volkswagen Beetle into the terminal Thursday afternoon at McCarran International Airport.

The unannounced, three-song shows marked the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas. The band's two-show gig in 1964 was the only time the Fab Four performed in Sin City.

Cirque du Soleil has a Beatles-themed resident show at The Mirage casino called "LOVE."

The cast's re-creation of the Beatles' journey included a pre-flight performance at San Francisco International Airport, and cast members gave prizes to Southwest Airlines passengers who flew with them to Las Vegas.

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