Abbey Road Studios reopen after 10 weeks of coronavirus lockdown
World-famous London studios Abbey Road have reopened after 10 weeks of closure imposed by England’s coronavirus lockdown rules.
The site has hosted members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as the first to record there since March, who worked with American jazz singer Melody Gardot.
Gardot was booked to record at the studios earlier this year, but was unable to do so due to the lockdown. As she could not move, she joined the orchestra remotely for the session.
The recent closure of Abbey Road was the first in almost 90 years, with studios remaining open even during World War II. It has since hosted some of the world’s most famous artists including Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Kanye West.
Most famous is that the Beatles recorded the majority of their albums there, including their legendary 1969 LP named after the studios.
The lockdown did have its advantages for Abbey Road, however. In March, a London city crew took advantage of quieter streets to repaint the nearby zebra crossing made famous by the Beatles LP cover art.
They quietly painted the tourist hotspot’s normally flooded crosswalk on Tuesday March 24, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the shutdown of non-essential businesses on Friday March 20.
The crosswalk was designated a Site of National Importance by the UK Government in 2010. This means that it can only be changed with the approval of local authorities who would make a decision based on historical significance, the function and condition of the site, depending on Reuters.