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Beatles Tribute Acts
12 July 2017
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I’ve only seen one- the Cavern Beatles from Merseyside; but that was 2006. Good band; “John ” was very authentic in voice. I remember they camped out in Spain for a while.

Any thoughts on the other?

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The best tribute band out there is The Fab Four when it comes to The Beatles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?…..bcENph5YyU

They may not be perfect but they do a good job.

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They also have a fabulous Christmas album.

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I watched a full live concert of The Fab Four on YouTube a few weeks ago. I was a bit annoyed they did Imagine , and that their George and Ringo only got to do one song each, but apart from that, the accuracy was spot on, and I thought their Sgt Pepper era setlist was cool!

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@SgtPeppersBulldog said
I watched a full live concert of The Fab Four on YouTube a few weeks ago. I was a bit annoyed they did Imagine , and that their George and Ringo only got to do one song each, but apart from that, the accuracy was spot on, and I thought their Sgt Pepper era setlist was cool!  

Yeah, the one thing that bugs me is that they play Imagibe at their concerts. Other than that they’re pretty cool. So cool that I have a T shirt from one of their concerts.

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I agree that they should do a few more George songs, it’d be nice to hear While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Something and they could do 2 Ringo songs if they tried. As for Imagine , I like that they’re playing some solo songs although I think that Imagine is so overplayed that the message is lost and it is now an unpleasant piece of music to the ears.

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When they play ‘Imagine ‘ do Paul, George and Ringo all leave the stage whilst Yoko walks on? Very symbolic and accurate if they do. 

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I’m pretty sure that Paul plays bass and Ringo plays drums for the song.

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@meanmistermustard said
When they play ‘Imagine ‘ do Paul, George and Ringo all leave the stage whilst Yoko walks on? Very symbolic and accurate if they do.   

That would be cool, but what happens is it starts with John playing all alone, and then as the song progresses the lights the other 3 jump in.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Even played at the Cavern Club. Impressive.

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Spot on! apple01heart

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I’m just curious what the general consensus is on this topic? I saw Rain a few months ago and loved them. How highly do they rank? My only complaint is that the late era John Lennon looked more like Ozzy Osbourne. Musically I was very impressed. Thanks! 

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I’ve seen plenty if tribute acts that do essentially what I like to call the Beatlemania format in which they go through various periods of The Beatles and thus become more like a show than a band. 1964 the Tribute is the one of the few acts that doesn’t do this and instead simply recreates The Beatles as they were live.

They also did a concept that I wish more bands would take a stab at: What if The Beatles never broke up or what if they did a reunion concert? My dad told me that they did this once in the early 90s (though I can’t find any record of it to save my life). Personally, I feel this is a concept that I would love to see more Beatles tribute acts do. The only two that come to mind are The Reunion Beatles and a similarly titled band that’s an offshoot of Beatlemania now. 

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http://ultimateclassicrock.com…..r-skelter/

For any Beatles cover band, getting one of the group’s surviving members to join you onstage is basically living the dream. Of course, the odds of it happening are incredibly low, but your chances go way up if those Fab Four cover gigs are really just a sideline for your chart-topping other band — as is the case with Dr. Pepper’s Jaded Hearts Club Band, a just-for-fun project put together by members of Muse.

NME reports that the group played an “intimate gig” yesterday, which saw Muse singer Matt Bellamy and drummer Dom Howard in the Jaded Hearts Club Band lineup — along with Paul McCartney , who joined them onstage for the night’s rendition of “Helter Skelter .”

Bellamy later commemorated the collaboration with an Instagram post featuring a few seconds of video — which you can check out below — along with the caption “Just did Macca with Macca #walkinglegend.”

Screen capture from the video. I recommend watching Paul rock on the video.

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This audience video shows Paul joining them for I Saw Her Standing There  as well:

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Dolf M said
I’m just curious what the general consensus is on this topic? I saw Rain a few months ago and loved them. How highly do they rank? My only complaint is that the late era John Lennon looked more like Ozzy Osbourne. Musically I was very impressed. Thanks!   

RAIN is a favorite. I’m seeing them next month in fact. Members have come from the original Beatlemania lineup as well as from 1964 The Tribute and others. One of my favorite “George” players was Jimmy Pou, who is now playing in another tribute band 4 Lads From Liverpool. These guys tend to move around a little.

 

The current John is Steve Landes (www.steve-landes.com), not sure if he’s the one you saw but it more than likely is.

 

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Leppo said
I just read through the whole of this thread. I have seen The Bootleg Beatles about seven times or maybe more at the Royal Albert Hall in London mostly with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. I am a real stickler for accuracy but each time I have seen them they have been mind blowingly brilliant. Songs which The Beatles never played live like Strawberry Fields and the Abbey Road medley were amazing and note for note perfect. Having said that I haven’t seen them since three of the original members (who were with them since 1980) have left a few years ago. In fact the original members were together much longer than The Beatles. The first few times I saw them they had Paul Cooper playing Paul and when they announced the original Paul (David Catlin-Birch) was coming back I thought he couldn’t possibly top Paul Cooper’s performance….but he was actually even slightly better which is really saying something. The accuracy was uncanny. The humour was also great. For instance “John” would start singing and playing “Woman ” from Double Fantasy and then say “Oops I haven’t written that one yet”.

The other thing to say about watching a really good tribute band is it really helped me understand certain things. FOr instance I’ve never been a massive fan of The Beatles very early songs like I Want To Hold Your Hand , She Loves You etc but when I watched The Bootleg Beatles perform them live they took on a whole new level of musicality which I never heard on the record and I really understood the excitement those early audiences must have experienced. The other thing was watching “Ringo” play certain songs up close gave me a real appreciation of the real Ringo’s drumming skills.

I haven’t seen the newer lineup of Bootleg Beatles live but from what I’ve seen from youtube clips I haven’t been impressed without the original members. It’s sad because for me going to those gigs was the next best thing to seeing the real Beatles live. I’ll see if I can find some good youtube examples.  

I’ve seen them in various incarnations and prefer them as they are now. I loved them in 2001, but when I watched them from a closer vantage point in 2005, Neil Harrison (John), David Catlin-Birch (Paul) and Andre Barreau (George) were still around and I was put off by the fact that they were in their 50s, playing musicans who were supposed to be in their 20s. I think the current John (Adam Hastings) is particularly good.

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Anyone seen or heard The Analogues? I keep getting ads on my facebook page for a tour where they are playing the White Album in full at the London Palladium and in Europe. They apparently use only authentic gear.

 

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I’m about to see Rain . I love seeing all the Beatles t-shirts in the theater. Even little kids wearing them. This makes me think the forum has a bright future.

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