Beatled off by tribute act

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Jan 2013 Beatled off by tribute act

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Let it Be. 

Prince of Wales Theatre, London 

Thursday 6th December.

 

Having seen The Jersey Boys, and Dreamboats And Petticoats, I was looking forward to seeing another great live London show, this time featuring the songs of The Beatles.

beatles4I was hoping the show would be based on the story of The Beatles, like the other two shows I went to see, but, alas, I was disappointed.

Although the band were brilliant musicians, the costumes authentic, and the equipment looked like it came right out of the 60s with the old Vox amplifiers, the band was just another tribute act.

I have seen many in the past, including the fabulous Bootleg Beatles, and the Cavern Beatles, both playing locally, so I didn’t have to travel to London to see them which added to the beatles2expense.

Although I love all Beatles music, I prefer the earlier compositions and, although they played some fine music from earlier days, including a re-creation of their famous appearance at the London Palladium – where John Lennon uttered the now legendary words: “Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands” etc, the songs came mostly from the latter part of The Beatles’ exceptional careers.

To their credit, they were not afraid to tackle the more difficult hits, and the sound effects were outstanding.

Screens either side of the stage kept the audience entertained while waiting for the curtain to rise, showing a number of questions about The Beatles, and a selection of answers to choose from.

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I thought this was an excellent idea and I learned some facts about the band that I was previously unaware of.  They also showed live footage of the screaming crowds of very emotional girls with The Beatles played at the Shea Stadium.

I am lucky enough to own the LP vinyl but The Beatles songs can hardly be heard against the screaming hysteria of that memorable day.  My only regret is that I was not among the beatles5crowd!

Yvonne Lee, Wareside.

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