The Bootleg Beatles – AECC – 11/12/10
I have no real idea what to expect at this show. I’ve never really been a fan of The Beatles, yes, like most people I like some songs, but not all of them and I certainly didn’t grow up worshiping the Liverpool lads. I did notice though, that these guys, well, three of the four had been playing together for thirty years now and do tend to sell out venues sometimes so I thought it would be worth a look.
I’ve also heard all the tribute band arguments, that records already worn out the A-side and the B-side’s almost worn out too so no need to activate any issues on that score.
The first thing I notice is that it’s an all seated show (well what did you expect SB? To be honest I hadn’t really thought about it!) but apparently there’s over a thousand people here although it didn’t look like it to me.
Basically the show is the story of The Beatles (in music terms), with minimum, or rather sufficient words between the songs, enough to be interesting to listen to but certainly not enough to make you lose interest in the music. Apart from the four main artists they have a brass and a string section to add depth to the overall output and in my opinion it all worked superbly.
I’ve been promised a set list for the show so I’ll add it at the end of this review when I receive it in a day or two. There were four main costume changes which were very seamless (only one interval in the performance) and I really enjoyed seeing the images and footage from the relevant time being shown on the massive screen at the back of the stage.
Stand out tracks for me were Hey Jude (a personal favourite) and Happy Christmas (War is Over) as a tribute to the late, great John Lennon. The atmosphere in the AECC at that point was just perfect I thought but I was surprised to see them finish the show with Back in the USSR. Still excellent of course.
I thought the sound on the night was probably the best I’ve ever heard at the AECC, maybe anyone who was there can add their opinion below but it certainly worked for me. Plenty smiling faces to be seen as the audience left happily having witnessed a show lasting over two hours.
Any negatives SB?
Aye, they didn’t play Rock n Roll Star!
Words and pictures by Still Burning.
The Bootleg Beatles Website