If you're a big Beatles fan like me, you might be interested to hear that this band 'The Bootleg Beatles' are coming to town. No one could ever capture The Beatles, but these guys might make you a little bit nostalgic. The Bootleg Beatles are the UK's most successful and longest running Beatles Tribute Band.
My recollections of the Beatles Live, are more a memory of seeing them play live (on T.V. - I never saw them live myself) rather than hearing them as all you could hear was the screaming girls. I've since checked them out on you tube and it is incredible some of the stuff they've got there. I've attached some of the links below.
One of my fondest memories of the Beatles was when I was knee high to a giraffe watching my two older sisters jig around the Hacker, (not a mad axeman, although not unlikely in my family) an old Mono record player. 'All My Loving' was the song, and what a masterpiece it is.
Originally formed from London's West End cast of the Broadway musical 'Beatlemania'. The Bootleg Beatles came about in 1980 virtually 10 years after McCartney's lawyer closed the book on the Fab Four.
A lot of speculation surrounding the demise of the Beatles still rankles people to this day. In my opinion, the breakup of the Beatles is why they can still sell and chart even today, 50 years later. It's like the Beach Boys are still going (I think) and don't get me wrong I love the Beach Boys too.
The Beach Boys, however, have become a watered down version of themselves, because even when Brian Wilson the mastermind behind the band became paranoid and locked himself in a room. The band still carried on, to their detriment in my opinion. Having said that I love 'Surf's up', 'Sail on Sailor' and 'Disney Girls'. They'll be others that haven't sprung to mind as well so my usual contradictions in my article, but you get my drift.
John Lennon once said if they had kept going they would have probably ended up like the Electric Light Orchestra (I love some of ELO too), much to Jeff Lynne's delight, Lennon didn't mean it as a compliment though. I believe their body of work is left as a virtually immaculate collection of music because it stopped as a band at their peak.
They must do a pretty good rendition of the Beatles, as The Bootleg Beatles have gained fame with many overseas concert tours, culminating after the '94 Glastonbury Festival with Noel and Liam Gallagher from Oasis fame asking them to support them at the record breaking Earl's Court concerts. The grand finale had Oasis and The Bootleg Beatles sharing the stage for a rendition of 'I am the Walrus'.
Since then they've played Wembley with Rod Stewart and Elton John. They shared the bill (supposedly) with the Corrs, David Bowie and Iggy Pop amongst others.
The current line up of David Catlin-Birch (Paul McCartney), Andre Barreau (George Harrison), Hugo Degenhardt (Ringo Starr), (sounds more like the cast from Les Miserables) and Adam Hastings (John Lennon).
The original line up as seen in most of these you tube clips has Neil Harrison as John Lennon (you'd have thought he could've been George just to make life easier?) so I can't say how good Adam Hastings is. They also had Rick Rock and Paul Cooper in past line ups I'm not sure if and when these two were playing..
Sat 21 Norths Leagues, Sydney, NSW
Sun 22 Club Forster, Forster, NSW
Thurs 26 The Gov, Adelaide
Fri 27 Astor Theatre Perth, WA
Sat 28 Bunbury Ent Centre, Bunbury, WA
Wed 2 Shoalhaven Ent Centre, Jervis Bay, NSW
Thurs 3 Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongon, NSW
Fri 4 Kedron Wavell, Brisbane, QLD
Sat 5 Twin Towns, Gold Coast, QLD
Sun 6 Laycock Theatre, North Gosford, NSW
Wed 9 Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, Wangaratta, VIC
Fri 11 Frankston Arts Centre Frankston, VIC
Sat 12 Castle Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW
Sun 13 Souths Juniors, Kingsford, NSW
Thurs 17 Ettalong Bowling Club, Ettalong, NSW
Fri 18 Bankstown Sports Club, Sydney, NSW
Sat 19 The Cube, Sydney, NSW Australia
Sun 20 Wests Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW Australia
Here are a couple of quotes, but as Helene Hanff from '84 Charring Cross Road' fame, said, if someone, a critic or anyone worth quoting says something like "This band are dreadful and I would not have paid good money to see them. Their versions of the original songs were pitiful without any mind boggling accuracy", they just cut it down to "Mind boggling accuracy".
This is actually what happens. Those of you that have seen the rave quotes on the back of the DVD Movie, get it home and it's crap. You thought gee all those great quotes? This is why. Just another page in the book, rorting the public.
Not that I'm saying they've done that here, these are the quotes they're using and going by the you tube clips they're none too shabby.
'Mind boggling accuracy' – The Mail (London)
'Fastidiously Authentic' – The Daily Telegraph (London)
'I enjoyed their act enormously' – George Martin (The Beatles' Producer, if you didn't know)
Some of you may not be familiar with the term 'Bootleg' my belief is it originated during Prohibition in the states (Prohibition was the banning of alcohol, which was the reason for speakeasys, moonshine, gangsters like Al Capone and Bugsy Malone.
Here's a great ska song by one of the fathers of Ska, Prince Buster. Bootlegging was something gangsters like Al Capone practised, which was brewing and/or bringing in Alcohol illegally. Later this expression was used for a lot of things illegal, one of which is when someone does an illegal recording of a concert either in the crowd or sometimes straight from the mixing desk or the P.A. I can remember a famous one was a Bowie Bootleg, The Thin White Duke, which was a really good quality one, most of them were crap as they were recorded in the crowd. Wiki definition