By Alan Davies
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
A MUSICAL tribute show celebrating 50 years of The Beatles is coming to Stevenage.
FIFTY years ago a four-piece band from Liverpool released their debut album.
The group in question, The Beatles, went on to dominate the singles and album charts on both sides of the Atlantic, sparking Beatlemania.
To celebrate half a century of John, Paul, George and Ringo’s first hit album, The Upbeat Beatles are rolling out their Fab Four homage across the UK, with a date in Hertfordshire later this week.
Marking five decades since the release of Please Please Me, The Upbeat Beatles will take you on a magical history tour of The Beatles through their songs and their humour.
They will be taking to the Gordon Craig stage, in Stevenage, on Sunday, September 29 at 7.45pm.
Playing live music from the iconic band’s 10-year back catalogue, The Upbeat Beatles aim to have you dancing in the aisles and screaming like it’s 1963.
Since 1997, the quartet – Simon Blight (Paul McCartney), Roger Channing (John Lennon), Colin Yates (George Harrison) and James Jordan (Ringo Starr) – have been recreating the excitement, raw energy and authentic sound of The Beatles themselves.
From the humble depths of Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their final live performance atop of The Apple Building, The Upbeat Beatles’ production journeys across the band’s career.
Having wrapped up their final tour in 1966, many classic Beatles records never made it to their original live shows.
Never-performed songs such as I Am The Walrus, Strawberry Fields Forever, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Penny Lane and many more favourites have been meticulously recreated to finally bring these records to life.
In honour of the band that shook the world, The Upbeat Beatles want to shake up your night.
John Wilson is the band’s producer and resident Beatles expert, having previously played Paul McCartney and starred in a short film with Ringo Starr.
He said: “I knew from the first minute of the first day of rehearsals that The Upbeat Beatles show was going to be something special.
“Powerhouse vocals, spine-tingling harmonies, punchy rhythm section and shimmering guitar solos, within eight bars you just know they’ve got all the right ingredients for a night you’ll never forget.
“But there is much more to a Beatles show than four wigs and a few snazzy outfits.
“Even with all the right guitars and amps you have a lot to live up to.
“You’ll come away from an Upbeat Beatles show with a smile on your face, knowing a lot more about the Beatles than two hours earlier!”
Tickets for The Upbeat Beatles in Stevenage cost £19. Contact the box office on 01438 363200 or visit www.gordon-craig.co.uk