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Beatles Tribute Acts
7 March 2016
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I’m the same. I know fine well if i’m watching a tribute band my brain will be screaming “Paul was left handed”, John didn’t harmonies there, George sang ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps ‘, Ringo didn’t even play on ‘Back On The USSR’, John’s hair is too combed to the left, “THAT’S NOT PAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” – and then it would get too much and i’d loudly complain for too long by shouting my grievances to everyone before being escorted out by two very large security people and getting beaten up. 

For similar reasons I cant watch non-official Beatles tv movies and documentaries so I now dont.

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

I practically live on YouTube…

 

@meanmistermustard Paul still *is* left handed, and John combed his hair to the right a-hard-days-night-paul-11

*Goes into hiding* a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

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JPM-Fangirl said

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

I practically live on YouTube…

I did too…before I found this site.

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Evangeline smiled 

JPM-Fangirl confessed  

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

I practically live on YouTube…

I did too…before I found this site.

^That. 

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I haven’t got a room in the Beatles Bible House yet… a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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JPM-Fangirl said

I haven’t got a room in the Beatles Bible House yet… a-hard-days-night-paul-7

When a user joins, they automatically get a basic room. It takes on form and character when they hang out on the forum. 

See the Beatles Bible house thread, pages 58 and 59 for more info. (You had better appreciate the searching I did to dig that out.) 

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I better start looking at wallpaper and furnishings, then. Can I bring a cat? Or four?

 

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Absolutely! 

Have fun reading the serial that Annadog40, pepperland, and I deposited in the BBhouse thread  a-hard-days-night-john-6 

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What have you guys of heard of the tribute band called Rain

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Matt Busby said

I’ve seen RAIN, 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.

@Matt Busby has seen them. On the previous page of this thread in post 98, thehippiechick mentions that she saw them.

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I’m going to see The Fab Faux later this month. As you may know, we saw them a few years back and enjoyed it tremendously.

This time around, their set list will include…among other things…in its entirety…

 

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Don.W said
What have you guys of heard of the tribute band called Rain

Yeah, as I said in my other post, I really enjoy RAIN. They do a nice sized setlist of around 30 songs and they stay pretty chronological. They are probably the longest touring Beatles tribute band going, I think they started even before Beatlemania was a thing, and some members over the years have come from different productions of Beatlemania.

Hopefully they come back down here to South Florida toward fall like they have been the past couple of years.

Here’s a “sizzle reel” off You Tube from last year:

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Don.W said
What have you guys of heard of the tribute band called Rain

There great, and so is another long touring Beatles Tribute band called 1964 

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Rain is quite good. I’ve seen them and was very pleased – relief spread through my veins the instant I saw that “Paul” was left handed.

@Bongo My Brother has seen 1964 and and said they were fantastic. They are on my bucket list.

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Zig said
Rain is quite good. I’ve seen them and was very pleased – relief spread through my veins the instant I saw that “Paul” was left handed.

Same here Zig, I critique any right handed Paul’s out there. If your gonna do it right, learn it right! (or left in this case) a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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More about the show I’ll be attending.

Unlike tribute bands who sport wigs and period costumes to recreate a Beatles concert, The Fab Faux instead features some of New York’s top studio musicians playing songs rarely or never performed live by the Beatles. The Fab Faux will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1966 release of the groundbreaking recording “Revolver ” – performing the album in its entirety along with other fan favorites accompanied by the Crème Tangerine Strings and Hogshead Horns.

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The Fab Faux were here last year and I wasn’t able to get out to see them. I have wanted to though, so hopefully next time they’re in my neck of the woods. I’ve heard a lot of good things about them.

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I prefer tribute acts with the costumes and correct instruments, (as long as they are very good).  I’ve seen a few stinkers…. paul-mccartney

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Bongo said
I prefer tribute acts with the costumes and correct instruments, (as long as they are very good).  I’ve seen a few stinkers…. paul-mccartney

It is cool to see guys dressed as Beatles, but they usually end up looking like what John described as “Fat Elvises” (Fat Elvi?). That somewhat deflates the experience for me. This is why I utilize the “closed eye test”. If, with your eyes closed, you can say “yeah, that’s The Beatles”, then the mission has been accomplished. So far, The Fab Faux has been the best sounding band. 

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The good, the bad and the ugly in regard to Saturday night’s performance of The Fab Faux.

As I wrote previously, Zag and I saw them perform several years ago and I thought they were a very tight band that sounded very much like The Beatles, more than any other tribute band I had seen. On Saturday they were to play Revolver in its entirety, adding string and horn sections not ordinarily featured in their show. They did that, followed by a break and then came back on to play random Beatles songs. 

I was encouraged by the opening of ‘Taxman ‘. The dual count-in accompanied by background chatter and that little guitar slide at the end of it was spot on perfect. I wish they had stopped there. For the rest of the song, they sounded like just another tribute band sounding like they wanted to be identical but failing. They did not end the song where the original one ended, instead adding a flourish of their own that quickly made me realize this was not going to be Revolver , but rather the music from the album slightly rearranged. To be fair, ‘Taxman ‘ does fade out at the end and that would be hard to duplicate, but this version sounded like they didn’t put much thought into how to overcome that. 

Next up was ‘Eleanor Rigby ‘. Knowing the album the band was going to play, there were two songs in particular that I was looking forward to; this one and ‘Tomorrow Never Knows ‘. It started out so well with the string section playing so nicely, the tempo was perfect and the opening harmonies were beautiful. Then we got to the second verse. The singer botched the lyric by forgetting about Father McKenzie’s sermon writing and skipping ahead to him “wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave”. If that wasn’t bad enough, we suffered through his mumbling lyrics as he was frantically trying to work out how to get out of this lyric and into the correct one. I know of the old axiom “the show must go on”, but would have forgiven them if they stopped right there and started over. What a let down.

Other disappointments included, but were not limited to:

This one may be on me more than anyone else, but my expectation going in was they were going to play the songs on the album all the way through as closely as possible to the original record. As mentioned above on my view of ‘Taxman ‘, they added their own touches to several songs. In addition, they stopped in between songs to either introduce a band member or tell a story about the song, etc… To me, that killed the flow and feel of the album that I have grown to love over the years.

The band was not nearly as tight as I remember them being the first time around. The singer chosen for each song (they all sing) sometimes sounded identical to the corresponding Beatle. Most times, not so much. At one point, front man Will Lee thanked the audience for being there by saying “without you guys here, this would be nothing but a rehearsal”. I failed to hear the difference, whether we were there or not. 

There are many superlatives that would describe the venue. Not among them would be the ability to see everything from every seat. This image from the internet shows you where we were sitting. 

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The white sheet (?) on the stage gives you an idea of how narrow the opening is once the “curtain” is lifted. The two drum kits and the string players were tucked into the back of the stage and to our left. Among the three of us, I was seated farthest right. When there were two drummers, I could barley see the left drummer’s elbow and I have no idea what the string players looked like. 

There were people in every seat. I’m fairly certain they were alive. After all, I did have to wait in line to get in the door, at the cocktail kiosk and to get into the restroom. Unfortunately, those three locations were the most lively ones all evening. We may as well have been at a lecture. 

Now for the highlights. 

They nailed ‘Tomorrow Never Knows ‘. As badly as ‘ER’ was botched, they nearly made up for that with this one. The lyrics, tape loop effects, drumming, voice effects…all of it was delivered flawlessly. At the end of it, after a simulated fade out singing “of the beginning…” they went into an extended drumming rave that was tremendous. The one and a half drummers (from my view) were amazing, even getting up and changing kits in the middle of it. That was a cool way to end the first set.

Despite the obstructed view many of us experienced, The Egg was a very cozy, intimate venue with acoustics that did not disappoint. I would definitely go there again, but pay the extra to be more central to the stage. 

The horn section was quite good. They were the highlight of many numbers, particularly during ‘Penny Lane ‘. The guy who played the piccolo trumpet was flawless. That made me smile. 

Jimmy Vivino’s extended guitar solo at the end of ‘While My Guitar…’ was stellar. I don’t know which version influenced him more, Eric Clapton’s at CFG, or the one of Prince that has been going uberviral lately. Either way, he can hold his head up high right along side either of those performances. Not exaggerating, he was THAT good. 

Those last two moments are the only ones that elicited a standing ovation from the audience I will heretofore refer to as The Living Dead.  

All in all, I had a great time. Still, I think I’m done with tribute bands for a while. Once I got over the fact that they were not what they once were and I removed my lower jaw from my shoelaces during ‘ER’, I loosened up and just tried to enjoy it. I sang every word of every song, drummed or played keys on my knees and even stood up quite a few times to show my appreciation of a hard-to-play guitar lick or horn blast. Ever see a one man standing ovation? Many around me did on Saturday night.

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