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31 January 2014
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I've seen two Beatles tribute bands.

The first one was a more traditional tribute band from the Chicagoland area called American English.  They sound pretty good, for lack of a better word.  The local legend is that there's a certain Beatles tribute band competition that they're not allowed to compete in anymore because they've won too many times in a row.  I kind of doubt that it's true, but I've heard it multiple times over and have no way of finding out.  I've seen American English at least four times, if not more.

The second one is a New Jersey band called The Scotch Plainsmen, which I've seen twice, I think.  Unlike most tribute bands, they don't "pretend" to be the real thing.  They don't dress up like the Beatles or call each other by the Beatles' names, but they play only Beatles music.  One of the members is Pat DiNizio, lead singer from The Smithereens, who are recording artists who have had major-label albums in their own right.

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31 January 2014
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I've seen 3 beatles tribute bands.

I've seen the Bootleg Beatles twice in Edinburgh and they were fantastic. Only let down was the right-handed Paul and our seats. I've also seen the Glasgow based 'Them Beatles' who weren't as good, but the bootlegs have the advantage of an orchestra and horn section. The performed some unexpected and unusual songs like 'Tomorow Never Knows' and 'Flying'. They also have a request song feature on their website, so I requested 'Fixing A Hole'; which they played!, plus our seats were excellent. I've also seen 'The British Invasion' at EPCOT in Florida. 

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31 January 2014
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For those of us in Western Canada, I recommend 'The Fab Fourever' if they ever get to your neck of the woods, a lot of attention to detail with the instruments to get the right sound, I was in awe just looking at the guitars all lined up onstage before the show, I don't think that they missed any.  Here's their website  http://www.fabfourever.com/  and yes, "Paul" is left-handed, "John" is the most impressive impersonation in this band though, he's very good...:-) 

31 January 2014
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I saw 1964: The Tribute to The Beatles in November with my husband. They didn't quite look like The Beatles of course, except at distance of course; however, they had the mannerism and everything else down pat. It was a great show! apple01apple01apple01

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I just found more info on that Wild Honey Orchestra concert I'm going to, and the guest lineup looks amazing: Denny Laine, Lawrence Juber, The Bangles, Colin Hay... wow!

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2 March 2014
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I went to the Wild Honey Orchestra autism benefit last night, which was incredible! It's not the Beatles, but having the chance to hear "Revolver" and "Abbey Road" played by great musicians in a theater with great acoustics is an opportunity I wouldn't miss for the world. Made me wish we still had a dance club in LA that played "oldies." :-D They had a huge group of people participating and the instruments had to be changed out in between songs, and some lyrics were forgotten here and there so it wasn't smooth (I also suspect the party backstage got started pretty early). But I'm amazed they were able to pull it off as well as they did, it seemed like a logistical nightmare. My friend enjoyed it too.

Highlights for me were: I'm Only Sleeping, For No One, Tomorrow Never Knows, I Want You (She's So Heavy) and The Bangles' harmonies on Because. Oh Darling got a standing ovation.

Afterward, the entire group came out to sing Go Now with Denny Laine leading. Kind of odd, but I guess that's what you do if you have Denny Laine.

I have a few pics up at Instagram: 1 2 3 4. And I bumped into one of my Beatle buddies (the woman who won the iheartradio contest to see Paul).

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2 March 2014
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They did Tomorrow Never Knows? How'd they pull that off?

Tribute Bands kinda creep me out, but I'd go see a Beatles cover band who didn't try to look or act like the Beatles, as long as they were good. I want to hear the music, and the impersonations really creep me out.

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2 March 2014
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IveJustSeenAFaceo said
They did Tomorrow Never Knows? How'd they pull that off?

The seagull-type sounds were programmed in the keyboard - I've seen other bands on YouTube do the same (here's Fab Faux performing it). But this one guitarist who also performed on "I'm Only Sleeping" did an amazing job on the backwards guitar solo. Towards the end, it kind of turned into a jam. The acoustics, at least where I was, were so immersive, I just wanted to get up and dance.

Then, one by one the performers left the stage, leaving only a handful to close out the song. I once saw Roxy Music in concert, and they exited the stage the same way, and I loved it.

I see some video is starting to make its way to YouTube, but not TNK yet.

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5 March 2014
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Examiner article on the Wild Honey Orchestra benefit.

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Last night, I went to the Wings Band tribute concert taped for The World's Greatest Tribute Bands last night. And it may be blasphemy, but I had more fun there than at the Fab Four concert I attended for the same TV show!

Maybe it was the novelty, but they did a great job duplicating the look and sound of '76 Wings. "Paul's" voice was spot-on, even his speaking voice sounded eerily like Paul, and he played left-handed. The arrangements of songs like "Maybe I'm Amazed" were Rockshow versions. And "Paul" was wearing his sparkly bathrobe ensemble and "Linda" had her winged shoulder pads. They had a fantastic horn section, and "Let 'Em In" was probably the highlight, complete with a member wearing a Minute Men-inspired hat while playing a drum. The only weak point was the attempt to get the audience to sing along in a wispy rendition of the chorus to "Silly Love Songs," which only underscored what a bad song it is for audience participation.

One non-'76 bonus is that Corey Feldman showed up to sing a couple of songs at the end. Oh! Also, they seem to be doing a new thing this season where they invite lookalikes from other tribute bands to sit in the VIP section of the venue (they moved from the Roxy to Whisky a Go Go), and I spotted a great David Bowie double.

It was a blast! I'd love to see them again and see how deep they go into the catalog.

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Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at Vimeo or YouTube.

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On my way to go see the 'FabFourForever' at the Tidemark Theatre here in Campbell River, B.C. tonight, Front Row Centre!!!  Me and my son just have to stop by the Gas Station first to load up our pockets with Jelly Babies, Dogwood Street has been closed all day due to the thousands of fans clamouring for a glimpse, should be a great show, there was still 14 tickets available (Seriously!) about an hour ago if anybody's still interested, see you there!!!...:-)

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I've seen RAINN, who were pretty decent for my first tribute band.  They dressed up like Sgt. Pepper's cover for a few songs after a break, which was cool.  Their sound was probably just average for a tribute band, but there were just 4 of them and they looked fairly much like the Beatles (with wigs and makeup I'm sure).

I happen to live 2 hours from "Abbey Road on the River", a huge yearly festival about the Beatles, with many cover bands, original bands, movie showings, etc (a 5 day celebration in Louisville, Kentucky, USA).  I just discovered it a couple months ago and it's in March or April, so I can't go this year, but I will go sometime in the next 3 years I promise you.

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I went to see Let It Be (the tribute band) a few months ago and I really enjoyed it. I'd love to see the Bootleg Beatles at some point, too.

I also really want to have my own little tribute band (not really a direct impersonation, since I'm much younger - it'd be nice to have a Quarrymen/Cavern Club sort of style), though there are a few pitfalls: firstly, I'm not an amazing singer and I can't really impersonate any of their singing voices. I do try to do a John impression when I'm singing things though. Secondly, I need to learn guitar, which shouldn't be too hard. I taught myself piano - it's less skill, and more memory. I tried the guitar for a bit at my granddad's house with some Beatles tabs which I actually wasn't too bad at; I managed to play quite a few chords, though I just need to learn them off by heart. And I need to actually own a guitar. Thirdly, I rarely find motivation to do anything. I'm finding it hard to get many things done, due to depression and lack of confidence. This itself is causing anxiety that I'll never make it anywhere, which leads to even less confidence and motivation. And lastly, I don't know anyone in my age range and area who are as devoted to the Fab Four as me - that's the most difficult part!

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I don't like people dressing up as them*, purely because in my mind I think "you're not The Beatles, you never will be...stop trying". Playing their music though is fine, Beatles-only set is great but seeing 40 year old men in mop-top wigs has a certain turn-off to it that I can't really put my finger on a-hard-days-night-george-10

*Although I do like Beatles biopics a-hard-days-night-ringo-7

 

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Yeah, same. I'm fine with cover bands but tribute bands are weird.

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Exactly. As I've said, I'm not very similar to them in terms of mannerisms, style and voice but I'd love to be part of a band that covers their songs and pays tribute. In that respect, it doesn't reach the uncanny valley of "trying too hard", but I could still have all the fun and all the thrill of covering them. But like I said, I doubt it'll happen for those reasons.

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I'm all for doing a Beatles-Bible house band, I have 'Linda-at-the-beginning-of-Wings-keyboard-skills' if that helps in any way. Also some tin-whistle 'Fool on the Hill' solo anyone?

 

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Slightly off-topic but the weirdest thing is seeing a tribute band that one of the originals has joined! I once saw a Doors tribute band who had Ray Manzarek on keyboards! Crap night for their usual Ray Manzarek! Eenie meenie minie mo...

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I've posted on this before but it aint here. 

 

Every time i see a tribute Beatles band (meaning dressed up to look like them in whatever period of time) my whole being screams "NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!". I will never go and watch a Beatles tribute band ever. I refused when i was about 12 and nothing has changed in the 20 years or so since. 

They don't look like Beatles, they don't sounds like Beatles so get stuffed.a-hard-days-night-paul-11blue-meanie

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As long as they pass for their 20s and they sound good, it doesn't bother me. I enjoyed that Wings Band much more than I'd anticipated.

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at Vimeo or YouTube.

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