The Beatle Boys upped the ante for tribute bands everywhere by adding orchestral backing to their live show.
Story: Preshan John
If you’re in a band, I guess it’s the ultimate compliment knowing there are people out there who play covers of your songs. It’s also pretty flattering to think that’s all some groups do — play your music. But does it get creepy when they try to look the same as you? Dress the same? Mimic your facial hair?
Sure, tribute bands can be cringeworthy, but there are some that do more than just replicate the look of their icons. The Beatle Boys from Sydney are one such group; they’re a four-man outfit that sounds the part as much as they look it. While I’m sure it would positively freak John Lennon out meeting his impersonator (who looks uncannily similar), it’s hard not to feel like these guys are the real deal when you hear them live.
These days The Beatle Boys are going above and beyond, augmenting the band’s original arrangements with orchestral backing for their The Beatles Orchestrated stage show.
The original arrangements were written by renowned conductor George Ellis, and during the Australian tour Ellis hand picked each of the city’s 30-plus orchestra members himself. AT attended the Melbourne show in Hamer Hall; it was a sell-out gig with an audience of over 2000 in a venue that puts a stamp of authenticity on anyone that plays there. Dean Lovell was at the helm of a Yamaha CL5 console, mixing the show over the Arts Centre’s Meyer Mylo line array system.