Seattle tribute band Crème Tangerine paid homage to the Beatles yesterday, August 21, 2014, at Seattle Center with an energetic and lively outdoor concert. It was the exact 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first concert here, and with the spot the Beatles performed in within sight, the band entertained the crowd with memories of that historic day, playing the exact set the Beatles did at the Coliseum.
They performed at the Mural Ampitheater to a crowd full of Beatles fans anxious to commemorate the day the Beatles arrived in Seattle fifty years ago. The crowd was multi-generational, with plenty of older “original” fans, and little ones too. Journalist and author Gillian Gaar (Seattle Pop Culture Examiner) told the John Lennon Examiner, “They started a little after 7:00 p.m. and it didn’t end until around 8:45 p.m., so it was great, they played a long time,” she said, adding, “there were lots of children there as well, and many people danced.”
The Beatles’ set from the Seattle Coliseum concert was served up as merely an appetizer, as many more favorite hits followed. Gillian said that outside of “Got To Get You Into My Life”, most of their songs were from later eras. “They did some solo material, like Wings’ ‘Live and Let Die’ which was amazing. They also did ‘Band on the Run.’ They did ‘Come Together’, and ‘Something.’ Of course they did ‘Hey Jude,’ and the encore was ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and ‘Helter Skelter.’ It was fun, we had a great time.”
Paula Pripsuich, (Mrs. Jim “Ringo” Martin of British Export) said, “Once the lead singer took off his black jacket (from the early Beatles days), they really got into their groove, and it was fantastic fun!”
Brian Laurie, another long-time Seattle based fan, reflected on the anniversary fifty years ago, saying with some wistfulness, “While they sang, I kept looking back at the Key Arena (the old Coliseum) behind me, knowing they were there this very day fifty years ago to this minute. I marveled that my sister had been there with thousands of screaming teens. Pretty surreal.”
Jeff Lockhart, drummer for the band, told Examiner, "The show was amazing – what an honor for us to be able to produce and perform this event for our community and celebrate all that the Beatles continue to mean to us."
OTHER CELEBRATIONS THIS WEEK IN SEATTLE:
August 22: Ken Mansfield speaks tonight at 7:00 at Calvary Chapel Eastside, 5130 164th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA.
August 22, and 29th: Local band British Export plays the Beatles at the Edgewater Hotel in the 6-7 Lounge, where Beatles-themed drinks and food will be offered.
August 23: “Get Back: the Northwest Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles in Seattle ‘64” at 8:00 p.m. at McCaw Hall.
August 23: British Export plays at Everett Theater to celebrate the anniversary, from 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Through September 1, 2014: MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry) exhibit of 80 Beatles Photograhs in Seattle taken by Timothy Eagan, who died before the photos were ever shown. His brother found the negatives and has lent them to the museum for this exhibit. Located in the Faye G. Allen Grand Atrium at the Museum of History & Industry, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free-$17 (206-324-1126 or mohai.org).