The Fab Four performed at the Sanford Center in Bemidji Minnesota to a very anxious crowd of around 2,000 on Saturday night Jan. 25. There was a mixture of ages sitting in the arena, ranging from young to old. Many were the last of the baby boomers coming out to relive the past, others were simply curious to see the Beatles for the first time. Except these guys aren’t the Beatles they are The Fab Four, and one of them is actually from Liverpool England!
For many, this is as close to authentic gets, with the tribute band from California. It was extremely entertaining, and what really worked was that they focused on all the major parts in the Liverpool England quartet’s life. Starting out with the Ed Sullivan days, and would you know, they even brought old Ed along, who's character did a fantastic job as the old time host.
Paul McCartney’s character even performed ‘Yesterday’ on the acoustic guitar which was a nice touch, while the other three changed into their next costumes. All through the night they would take turns, changing, and once they returned it would be a new era in the Beatles career. The front of the stage was adorned with many guitars that Paul, George and John took turns exchanging all night long.
During a brief intermission, several fans in the crowd shared that ‘These guys are good, even better than the real thing!’ others said that they brought them back to some real good memories; and when they returned to the stage, it was Sergeant Pepper all the way.
John Lennon’s character had shining moment when he began to play solo on the piano, ‘Imagine’, in which the arena was filled with waving cellphone lights, which was a great effect.
Overall these guys are as authentic as you can get to the Beatles. In a conversation with Ed’s character he said that if you were to ask these guys about the show, they would always be thinking on how they could make it better. A person might be thinking ‘How can you already not be impressed by their dedication and commitment to a craft that already looks perfect? And how does one bring back a decade that forever changed the world?
You don’t, you just relive it, show after show, and these guys are masters at bringing anybody back to the British invasion, and introducing the world once again, to the Fab Four!
I Wanna Hold Your Hand
From Me to You
All My Loving
Till There Was You
She Loves You
A Hard Day’s Night
I Should Have Known Better
Eight Days a Week
Can’t Buy Me Love
I Saw Her Standing There
Twist and Shout
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
With a Little Help from My Friends
Strawberry Fields Forever
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
A Day in the Life
Got to Get You into My Life
Here Comes the Sun
Hey Jude/ Let it Be