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Tribute to the Beatles

Zach McGunagle

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An audience made up of many different generations of Beatles fans made their way to the Luther Burbank Center the night of February 15 to witness the tribute band, Rain, performing their historical show marking the 50th anniversary of the “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” album. The band that night, made up of four very dedicated musicians and Beatles lovers, was extremely talented at bringing back the fun atmosphere of Beatles music for all ages. I am sure that the nostalgia the show brought to many fans in the theater made it a night to remember.

All music at the performance was played live, and each song was re-created carefully down to every minor detail. The Paul McCartney look-alike even switched from his left and right hand playing different guitars, exactly like the real McCartney. This aspect of the show is perhaps the most astonishing, and is what makes the band so successful at taking the audience back in time.

The performance consisted of two acts, each covering a different era of the iconic band. The show had many different multimedia effects, which changed the mood throughout the show. In the first half of the show, the lighting and video effects were mainly black and white, and seemed to represent the past and the type of music that the Beatles started out playing. As the show progressed and the band began the playing music from the “Sgt. Pepper” album, the lighting and effects became more colorful and even psychedelic.

Some might say that the multimedia was a little too trippy at times or poorly made. However, I appreciated the approach of the media, as it reflected the type of music that the Beatles started to make into their experimental albums, like “Sgt. Pepper.”

At the end of the show, many screamed as the band began to leave, and the four musicians came back to the stage to finish with two hits, “Hey Jude” and “Let it Be.” The Luther Burbank Center were amazing hosts to the band and helped create the fun atmosphere for all ages to enjoy the show. The show is known to be the “closest thing to a real Beatles concert” and I could not agree more.

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