Saturday, June 21, 2014
Marilyn and I ventured out to the Homestead Carnegie Library Music Hall last night to see The Fab Four, a Beatles tribute band, or, as Marilyn puts it, "Fake Beatles". We have seen three different such bands over the years, and we are convinced that The Fab Four are (is?) the best "fake Beatles" that we have seen.
The act began with a guy impersonating Ed Sullivan and introducing the four "youngsters". The first act was the group doing Beatles tunes from the Fab Four/Beatlemania/Ed Sullivan era while wearing the black suits and ties. In the second act, they came out in Sgt. Pepper outfits and sang songs from that era, and then concluded with "John" in the white suit singing "Imagine" (which wasn't actually a "Beatles" song, but why quibble?), and closed with a couple of tunes from the Rooftop Concert Let It Be era.
I was most surprised that the group did "A Day in the Life" which is so musically intricate (and is often rated as The Beatles' best song of all by many), that it is hard to duplicate outside of a studio, but this group did a terrific job of it. They also sang "Revolution" and that number really brought down the house.
Let's face it, no one, NO ONE, can be THE BEATLES, but when the originals are no longer with us, good tribute bands have a place in show biz, if only to expose whole new generations to such terrific music. So, if you ever have a chance to see The Fab Four perform, by all means do so.
And a word about the venue. The Homestead Carnegie Library Music Hall is a true gem. Small and intimate, terrific acoustics, and free parking on the street outside the Hall. True, the old style wooden seats can be tough on the posterior, but it's a small price to pay for seeing a concert at such a great old place. If you have chance to see one of your favorite acts there, by all means do so.