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I Loved it, Yeah, Yeah Yeah

Written by Laura Kyro
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I Loved it, Yeah, Yeah Yeah
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Recently the Fabulous Fox Theatre was set to rocking for two performances of "Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles;" a two-hour homage to the Fab Four and dozens of the songs with which they revolutionized popular music.

Being of a young and tender age when the Beatles were hot, I got into them later, but with a passion. So, it was a pleasure to see (for the first time) a live tribute show that strove to BE the Beatles in song, musicianship, costume, appearance, and voice.

Were Steve Landes, Joey Curatolo, Joe Bithorn, and Ralph Castelli indistinguishable carbon copies of (respectively) Paul, George, John, and Ringo? No, of course not. But so what? They put on a heck of a show with their successful intent as a Tribute, mimicking those Liverpudlian voices, performing the same instrumental arrangements on many of the songs (with support by Mark Beyer on keyboards and percussion), and using costume changes and a variety of wigs and facial hair appliances to match the genuine articles as they appeared between 1964-1970.

The night was divided into recognizable phases of Beatles music. Appropriately. it began with Pop music from their start in the U.S. in 1964 and their appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show" ("Hard Days Night," I Want to Hold Your Hand," etc.). They followed by passing through the movie years ("Help," I Want to Hold Your Hand") ("Help," "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You"), Rubber Soul ("All you Need is Love"), Sgt. Pepper ("Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band," "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"), Nehru jackets ("Strawberry Fields," "Magical Mystery Tour"), and Abbey Road ("Here Comes the Sun"). Of course, the songs I mention specifically are only about third of all those performed in the two-hour show.

Technically, the show was a wild blow-out of vintage video, clever camera work (showing the performers on stage, and lots of shots of the Fox audience), fog, and colorful lighting effects. Indeed, the visual effects should probably have had an acting credit all their own they were so integral to the overall success of the show.

"Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles" was exactly what it billed itself to be; a loving celebration of (IMHO) the Best. Band. Ever.

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