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Beatles Tribute Acts
3 March 2015
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LA Times review on the Wild Honey Orchestra’s annual benefit, this year featuring The White Album .

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Last year I saw Them Beatles in the Cavern Club for a A Hard Day’s Night anniversary. They only did Beatles songs up to 1964 and did the entire AHDN album in the first act. They were incredible! And I got a free badge! Odd to hear their natural Scottish accents after nearly 3 hours of them being Liverpudlians. 

The best thing I’ve seen is the Let It Be musical. I sort of may have been to see it three times. I adore that show so much. The actors were incredible as well as the amazing staging, brilliant lighting design and beautiful costumes (the theatre nerd cometh forth).
There are videos on youtube if you want to look. But I don’t know how many are available to view outside of the UK. I think most of them are clips taken by audience members so there might not be a block. 

It is my goal to see The Cavern Club Beatles this year. 

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Article on tribute band All Things Must Pass .

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Examiner article on The Weeklings, playing at the Fest this weekend.

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24 March 2015
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From The Examiner:

A female George: Boston Music Examiner William Routhier recently did a profile of Lauren Passarelli, who performs with the Beatles tribute group AfterFab in which she plays Beatle George. The interview is here.

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26 March 2015
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Article on the Bootleg Beatles touring the UK.

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26 March 2015
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Article on the Bootleg Beatles touring the UK.

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From the above article: 

The band – John Lennon , Paul McCartney , George Harrison and Ringo Starr were from Liverpool. They formed in the early sixties, and became big after spending some time touring across Eurpoe.

As well as releasing numerous albums, including Hard Day’s Night, Revolver , Rubber Soul and Sargeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, the four musicians – known as ‘lovable moptops’ because of their shaggy hairdos, also made several films.

The band split in the late seventies, but continue to have a huge following, often considered to be one of the most significant rock bands of all time.

ahdn_paul_06I didn’t know the Beatles split up in the late seventies. I thought it was more like the early seventies. And aren’t the official titles A Hard Day’s Night , with an A, and Sgt Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band? a-hard-days-night-paul-11

Okay, I’m done being a grammar-Nazi. 

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The spine of my 1967 vinyl copy says “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”, but I tend to ignore the full stop and always add the apostrophe.

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Have You Guys seen any Beatles Tribute Bands? I Saw “Rain ” in Lexington, KY at the Lexington Opera House.

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22 May 2015
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Hey @The John. There is a whole conversation dedicated to Beatles tribute acts so I have moved your post over. Enjoy the read thru.

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Hey @The John. There is a whole conversation dedicated to Beatles tribute acts so I have moved your post over. Enjoy the read thru.

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The Bootleg Beatles, with their current lineup, are the best Beatles tribute band by far, I feel. I’ve seen them four times in Australia. 

The guy playing George, Steven Hill, is a fairly recent addition, hence him only singing two lead vocals in the linked video. When I saw them last month, he seemed much more at ease, and sang a lot more – Roll Over Beethoven and Taxman in addition to Gently Weeps and Here Comes The Sun , if I remember correctly. Can’t recommend these guys highly enough. 

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Welcome to the Beatles Bible forum, @tomchristie. Our other Aussie members might want to check this group out.

2 July 2015
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I’ve seen a lot of Beatles Tribute bands and normally can’t get enough of them. 

  I finally saw a Paul McCartney Tribute band and was just a little disappointed, as  they should have done it like a Wings concert, but overall, pretty good.  They had a Linda singer (blonde wig) that did a decent job.

They had a suggestion box, and I did let them know about the Wings concept.  a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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 I’ve seen a hell of a lot of Lennon-impressions, but I recently found this guy called Gary Gibson and was fucking blown away. Not only is there a strong physical resemblance, but he actually sounds exactly like the ’62-’66’s John.

Odd that I stumbled across this guy surfing the ‘net tonight.  The videos below are more recent and he’s aged some…  and looks more like Lennon than ever.  (shivers)

So he’s got a tribute band (naturally) and the first video below is a repeat of the one(s) deanccmoriarty posted, but it’s clearer.  It’s also followed by 13 minutes of more recent stuff.  Of all the videos I’ve seen of tribute bands (and I’ve gathered they give most people here the dry heaves) I think I’d actually like listening to these guys.  Since they’re all players and they go beyond purely Beatles music.

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On the second video, wait for the camera to zoom in around the 1:40 mark (brrrr).  Most of the material I have found on this guy says he’s British and was in a heavy metal band in the late 70’s.  He says he’s also met both Yoko Ono (who walked away from him muttering “no-no-no-no…” and Paul McCartney , who let loose a barrage of bad words after doing a double-take.

Other than that, there’s not much to learn, other than his website.  It is rather uncanny, though.

First video (repeating but much clearer) from several years ago

And one from something called BeatlesDay 2014 – he blows the lyrics, but not like anyone is caring here.

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I almost was going to start a new thread on Beatle tribute bands.  Good thing I used your search engine first and found this instead.

My thinking is there are two kinds of tribute bands (at least in the US).  There are bands that tour the country and sell tickets.  Rain and the Fab Foe are two that come to mind.  Then we have your local acts that perform for free outdoors at summer festivals in the warmer months or as a bar band during the colder months.

Here in the Chicago area, the best of the latter is American English.  I try to catch them every year when they come to a local festival or county fair.  They are just as good as those you have to buy tickets for and do a good job of trying to look and sound like band.  They generally do three sets:  in matching suits for the early years, in Sgt. Pepper outfits for the psychedelic years and Abbey Road dress for the later years.

American English even got the endorsement of Sam Leach, the British promoter who booked the Beatles in some of their early shows.  There were even a few shows where Sam himself introduced the band or at least provided a recorded intro.

In general, I like the Beatle tribute bands.  They keep the music alive and help introduce music to those who were not born when the Beatles were together.  And those bands who do the local festivals are great for us who cannot afford the real concerts, live too far away or simply do not want to deal with the parking and crowd hassles.

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@Jolly Jimmy I’m also from the Chicago area and have seen American English many times.  I remember hearing once that they were banned from competing a tribute band competition because they won too many years in a row.  I don’t know if it’s actually true or not.

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I am carrying over the posts made in this thread.

@Bullion said

I would like to perhaps catch a show and was wondering what you guys thought of the popular Beatles tribute bands

@Little Piggy Dragonguy said

I’ve only seen one Beatles tribute band and they’re called The Liverpool Legends. They were put together by George’s sister, Louise, and she answered questions before the show and afterwards she was giving out “Harrison hugs,” so if you like hugging people I would recommend trying to make it to one of their concerts. (I can’t comment on the quality of the hug, though, because my mom didn’t want to wait in line with me to hug her). As far as quality of the music, they were pretty decent for a tribute band. The only thing that annoyed me is they played Imagine (that’s NOT a Beatles song), but other than that it was interesting.

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RAIN. I’ve seen them several times and I love them. We’ve also seen “Get Back !”. Both are taken from the casts of Beatlemania and their shows are a lot of fun. There’s also a great band at EPCOT (Disney World) in the UK part of the World Showcase called “British Invasion” and they were great!

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 My mom keeps raving on about Rain .

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I’ve yet to come across a tribute act I like. I’m very hard to please, I guess. Some thing that will instantly turn me off, are:

* Singing with an American/Canadian (or any non-English/Scouse accent)

* A right-handed bass player

* A bass player who tries to ‘imitate’ Paul by doing weird things with his face

* A plethora of other things

So, generally, I just hate tribute bands. I don’t blame them for sucking; the Fabs are an impossible act to follow. I prefer to just listen to the records and watch the videos of the real deal a-hard-days-night-john-1a-hard-days-night-paul-5ahdn_george_07a-hard-days-night-ringo-10

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You must have seen a lot of Beatles tribute bands to have such specific turn-offs. 

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