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Monday 24 July 2017

Lloyd Webber to buy Abbey Road?

Andrew Lloyd Webber wants to buy Abbey Road studios
Andrew Lloyd Webber wants to buy Abbey Road studios

Andrew Lloyd Webber has joined the battle to save the historic Abbey Road studios, revealing he would like to buy it.

The composer, who will also soon be leading BBC One talent search Over The Rainbow, has often used the famed venue for soundtrack albums.

A spokesman for Lloyd Webber confirmed he was "very interested" in buying Abbey Road studios, adding: "He first recorded there in 1967 with Tim Rice - Andrew has since recorded most of his musicals there, from Jesus Christ Superstar to his new musical Love Never Dies."

The spokesman went on: "He thinks it is vital that the studios are saved for the future of the music industry in the UK.

"Abbey Road has such great facilities, with three major recording studios, and Andrew has probably brought more musicians to record there than anyone else because it has the capacity to record large orchestral productions."

Embattled music group EMI is said to be planning to sell the venue which was home to almost all the Beatles recordings. It also inspired the name of the Beatles final recordings, and was the venue for such landmark albums as Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.

EMI's private equity parent Terra Firma is said to be hoping the north London site could raise tens of millions of pounds.

The National Trust has said it will look into whether it should buy the studios to preserve them for the nation.

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