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They were GOOD. They were VERY GOOD. Bravo. Thank YOU.
What dedication. What attention to detail. What talent — and nice guys too.
Unadulterated, undiluted entertainment. Their goal was to ensure that the ‘paying punters’ got their monies worth — and in that they succeeded mightily.
It was a GREAT CONCERT all around. The audience loved it. They were on their feet dancing towards the end. That was quite a sight. I had never seen that at the Kingswood Art Center. As it happens there is a nice BIG space for dancing in front of the stage. The Great Waters’ organizers were delighted. Those of us that did the setup and takedown had a great time. Very laid-back operation. Very 60s so to speak.
Their attention to detail is staggering. Their ‘Paul’, who like Paul plays the bass left-handed, actually LOOKS LIKE Paul! I kid you not. See directly above. I watched 97% of the concert just 15′ away from Paul and at least 3 times, as he would turn around and bend down to change guitars, he would see me sitting in the wings, stage left, and wink. Yes, he looks like an older Paul, but he still looks like Paul. Their ‘Ringo’ was BETTER than the real one — but then again, as ‘John’ once famously said: “Ringo isn’t even the best drummer among the Beatles!”
The three VOX ‘monitors’ (speakers) with VOX amps on top that they have on stage are PROPS. Nothing inside them. Very light to move around — which we had to do. They paint on their sideburns. They try to speak with a Liverpool accent. They do a reasonably credible job at that. ‘Paul’, yet again, is the best.
They, to their credit and discipline, have youthful figures. Very professional. I was impressed. I did the sums, as is my wont. They do 100 shows a year and have been doing so for 30 years. At a MINIMUM, they now make $1.4 million a year. That is the base line. They, most likely, overall make more — but I am talking gross, not net nett. Not bad. But, they deserve it.
I, without wishing to be too churlish, only have one small, but pertinent, gripe. They ONLY really did the “bee-bop”, “4-chord” songs! A couple of people insisted, after the show, when I ‘complained’, that they only do ‘pre-1964’ songs. NOT TRUE! They did “HELP”. Help was 1965.
They did NOT do “Norwegian Wood”. That grieves me. The ‘Wood’ was 1965 too — albeit 3 months after Help.
We saw “All Together Now” Beatles Tribute group in Wolfeboro and Portsmouth last year. No comparison! 1964 is, of course, more authentic. But, to me a Tribue band should pay — and by that I also mean play — TRIBUTE to the Band.
So there was NO “Penny Lane”, NO “Yesterday”, NO “Let it Be”, NO “Here Comes the Sun” …
Don’t get me wrong. I had a blast. Deanna loved it. She bopped along for the whole show.
Yes, I will go to one of their concerts again — GLADLY.
Very nice guys. Two of them shook my hand and thanked me. That is always nice. Gordon Lightfoot had done the same. To me that indicates class. They don’t have to. They see stagehands at every show. They can just ignore us. We are but ‘plebs’ to them. All of them, thanked all of us, as they left. They left in a van, driving themselves. Cute.
They are performing in Manchester, N.H. tonight. Catch them if you can.