CONCERT REPORT #2
For my second concert report I thought that I would write about my only experience hearing songs of the Beatles live. The Rib America Festival was hosted by The Beatles Live Repertoire. The group dressed exactly like the Beatles, even had the same names, John, Paul, George, and Ringo. I had never heard any Beatles songs live before, so that was enough to get me off my butt. Not to mention, it was free entertainment, not a bad time at all.
So the show starts, and I’m not sure what to expect. Paul comes out and introduces the band, ( very good English accent ) and then started out with “I want to hold your hand “. He mentioned that their songs would for the most part go in chronological order. And after comparing notes to my book, they were on track for the most part. All of the songs played before their break, were songs on albums released before Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band. I wasn’t impressed with this song, however. No, it isn’t my favorite song, but I just wasn’t impressed by the playing of the song. The song, the beat, something was dead about the song, hard to put my finger on it.
The next song was “Please, Please me”. And I had never heard this song before that night, and I liked the song a lot. Then after hearing it in class, I remembered hearing it for the first time, good song. Hard Days night was their next song. And much like the first song, I do like this song, but the band didn’t do justice for the song. But this was the last song that I remembered not really liking. The rest of the songs I recall liking very much for one reason or another. The band must have just needed to warm up a little.
So, now that the band had warmed up, messed up a few good songs, but at least they didn’t start out with my favorite songs, they were ready. Their next song was “Eight Days a Week”. I like this song. I just like the beat and how the lyrics go along with it. I don’t know if that is a legitimate reason to like a song, but it’s mine. They asked for some audience participation during this song. They wanted to us to clap with the instrument break when he sings, “Hold me Love me ” The audience was very participative. It seemed like the audience was having a really good time. Everybody just brought chairs or stood up if they wanted to see the band. I was particularly impressed with the vast spectrum of the audience. Especially the age difference. There were old people, middle aged, teenagers and even little kids. There was this one woman that stuck out like a sore thumb. She was just going crazy with the dancing, and was just singing out every lyric to every song. But what was more impressing, (especially since her dancing wasn’t) here kids that couldn’t have been any older than 9 or 10, were also singing every lyric. They were singing songs that I had never even heard.
Anyway, “Can’t buy me love”, “Help”, and ” Yesterday” were the next songs played. “Can’t buy me love”, “Help”, were mediocre, but “Yesterday” was impressive. I have always liked that song, and it was good to hear it live. Not to mention, the band players were very good with their instruments. “A ticket to Ride”, and “She loves You”, were to follow. The festival was being sponsored by 104.5 fm, and the DJ from 104.5 named Bruce something or other, stepped in and played drums on “She loves You”. He said that he had always wanted to play with the Beatles, and what an honor it was to be able to do this. And I’m not doubting his enthusiasm, but, I think that the whole thing was rigged. The next song was the last song before the band took their one and only break of the night. Very impressive, that this band is putting on a show like they were getting $20/ ticket. They played for about an hour and a quarter before taking the break.
After the band came out, the crowd was ready for more. Everybody was cheering and shouting for more. I mean this crowd was rowdy. The band comes out dressed like the Beatles did on their Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band cover. And suiting enough, they started out the title song. Their costumes were pretty cool, they looked exactly like the uniforms on the cover. This band puts in everything when it comes to doing things right.
“With a Little Help from my Friends”, was the next song. Now, a good song, and I was enjoying it, but after a few minutes later I noticed something going on upstage. John was playing the guitar, and would just swing it out of the way, and start playing keyboard. Then would stand back and start with the guitar again, and with immaculate speed and accuracy. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, and “Penny Lane” followed. These 2 songs I like a lot. And I even learned something about “Penny Lane”, was that Paul wrote this song that was supposed to be about his childhood. I am assuming that he grew up around Penny Lane. Now an interesting thing about the next song ” Strawberry Fields Forever”, was that “Paul” mentioned that John(Lennon ) had never performed this song live. Now, this was hard to believe, but I think that these dudes know that they are talking about, so I guess he didn’t.
“Nowhere man”, “Day Tripper”, and “Imagine” were to follow “Strawberry Fields Forever”. “Nowhere Man” was written by Paul about Ringo according to “Paul”. “Imagine” was performed very well, and just a cool song all around. Good song to hear live.
I knew it was drawing towards the end of the show, and I hadn’t heard the song that I really wanted hear ” Revolution”. It was about a quarter till, and still no “Revolution”. “Back in the USSR”, “Come Together”, and “OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA”, were their final songs. I was mad, but still a very good show, and I was glad that I went. The crown wasn’t satisfied enough, and chanted for more. They finally gave in like I knew they would, and what do you think that they busted out with, oh yeah, “Revolution”. A perfect ending to a good time.