Saturday, January 24, 2009

We saw The Beatles!!

Recently my wife and I attended a local concert. We went to see "1964 The Tribute". 1964 is a Beatles tribute band that has been together for 25 years. They perform as The Beatles in the early years from about 1962 to 1966. They wear the same clothes, boots and haircuts as The Beatles in the early days. They also play authentic instruments such as those played by The Beatles in that time frame. This goes right down to the Hofner bass for Paul, the Gretsch and 12 string Rickenbacker guitars for George, the Gibson E160J and 6 string Ric for John, and the same drum kit and heads used by Ringo. They also have authentic looking Vox amps although I found out those are just for show. They actually use newer Vox solid state boxes that they plug right into the PA system.

The idea is to recreate the exact sound of the Beatles. Amazingly they do this incredibly well. They all have the mannerisms of their character down perfectly right down to the George foot stomp to keep time and the fact that John often sang while chewing gum. The bass player even plays left handed.

This is the third time we have seen these gentleman perform and it is truly a great show. They remain in character for the entire show and truly, at times, make you forget they are not The Beatles. They have a website Check it out sometime. You can listen to some of their music and also see where they will be performing next. If they are in your area I highly recommend you see them. You will not be disappointed.

If any of you have experience with any other Beatles tribute bands or other tribute bands please feel free to share them. Until next time keep on rockin.

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