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ever equal the experience of a live Beatles show. For years, diehard
Beatles fans hungered for a tribute show that would encapsulate every facet
of The Beatles' greatness and do their legacy complete justice. Then
came southern Californiaís The Fab Four, who provide the most painstakingly
detailed and accurate replication of the timeless music and character of
The Beatles. For all those who were too young to enjoy the original
wave of Beatlemania, The Fab Four are the closest one could ever hope to
get to seeing the true Beatles in concert. And for those who were
there, the band brings back pleasant memories of a much simpler time when
music was about love, joy and happiness, and had a soul and conscience.
In the Fab Four's three distinct sets, you will witness the complete evolution
of The Beatles, from cheeky, lovable mop-tops, to adventurous purveyors
of psychedelia, to mature, socially conscious individuals. In addition
to using the exact equipment The Beatles did, The Fab Four also faithfully
recreate the humor and on stage repartee of the original Beatles, with
the members even emulating The Beatlesí distinctive accents. Moreover,
The Fab Four isnít just a "greatest hits" bandÖevery Fab Four show is a
completely new experience, as the band retools its set lists on a show-by-show
basis to offer up new b-sides and album tracks, which never fail to surprise
even the most fervent of the bandís fans.
Itís as if The Beatles
themselves have just stepped off that infamous PanAm flight of February
1964. All that's missing is Ed Sullivan (who just might show up,
if youíre lucky!), as these boys take the stage in their "mod" black suits
and thin ties. This set lovingly encapsulates the fever of Beatlemania,
and captures their youthful, raw energy. There are performances from
The Beatlesí early years such as "Please Please Me," "She Loves You," "I
Want To Hold Your Hand" and "All My Loving." Later classics follow,
such as "A Hard Dayís Night," "Eight Days A Week," "I Feel Fine" and "Help!"
Also, on occasion, The Fab Four prove themselves quite adept at playing
b-sides and obscure album tracks, from the exquisite "This Boy" and "Till
There Was You," to the cheeky "Thank You Girl," to the raucous "Boys" and
"Roll Over Beethoven." More often than not, the set concludes was
a fantastically thrilling rendition of "Twist And Shout," which never fails
to inspire the audience to sing along, dance and cheer. Albums covered
in this set include "Please Please Me," "With The Beatles," "A Hard Day's
Night," "Beatles For Sale," "Help" and occasionally "Rubber Soul."
Get ready for an
all-out psychedelic love-in when The Fab Four take the stage for their
second set. Donning Sgt. Pepper suits, which are "stitch-accurate"--right
down to George's three-cornered hat--the very complex tunes of this era
of the Beatles are performed skillfully and note-for-note without the use
of any sequencers, back-up tapes or CD's. Accurate mood lighting
and fog machines help faithfully recreate the feel of the "Summer of Love"
throughout. The Beatlesí middle period hits, such as "With A Little
Help From My Friends," "Penny Lane," "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Yellow
Submarine" (replete with bubble machine) are played, along with some more
rocking nods to the past, such as "Day Tripper" and "Drive My Car."
If youíre lucky, you just might catch some obscurities, such as "And Your
Bird Can Sing" and "Hey Bulldog." And The Fab Four always bring the
set to a close with a stunningly accurate and harrowing rendition of the
magnum opus "A Day In The Life," which closes the "Sgt. Pepper" LP, replete
with swirling, tumultuous orchestra sounds. Albums covered in this
set include "Rubber Soul," "Revolver," "Sgt. Pepperís Lonely Hearts Club
Band," "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Yellow Submarine."
The final set of
the evening sees The Fab Four portraying the later, more mature Beatles.
The band look as if they just stepped off the cover of "Abbey Road," right
down to Johnís white suit and sneakers. This set has it all, from
the raucous "Back In The USSR" and "Revolution," to the dancy "Get Back"
and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" (the latter of which usually inspires a conga
line in the audience), to the exquisite balladry of "Let It Be" and "Something."
On occasion, the band will throw in some more esoteric fare, such as "The
Ballad Of John & Yoko" or "Don't Let Me Down," or even play solo songs
of John Lennon or Paul McCartney, such as Johnís "Imagine" or Paulís "My
Love" and "Maybe I'm Amazed." A highlight of the third set is always
The Fab Fourís raucous rendition of "Birthday," in which audience members
celebrating birthdays are given special recognition and are occasionally
invited on stage to play tambourine with the band. The set often
concludes with the classic sing-along "Hey Jude"--in which the entire audience
is asked to participate--but occasionally will end with a thrillingly accurate
rendering of the second medley from "Abbey Road" ("Golden Slumbers/Carry
That Weight/The End"). Albums covered in this set include "The Beatles"
(The White Album), "Abbey Road" and "Let It Be."
The Fab Four is
a sonic and visual experience unlike any other before...the ultimate tribute
to The Beatles! Catch all three sets at a location near you today!
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