In the same spirit, twenty four hours later, half way across the world on January 12th, at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, close to three thousand people relived the experience as “1964 ...The Tribute”, the world’s Number 1 Beatle Tribute Band did their part in keeping the music alive. Liverpool’s mythical “Liver Bird” would have spread her wings with pride and appreciation. As a Liverpool ex-pat who witnessed the Beatle phenomena where it began at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, I can say once again that this remarkable show is the ultimate Beatle tribute performance.
Friday August 21 - 8:00 PM .. $55, $55, $40, $30, $20
all the eras of the Beatles.
For the eighth time “1964 ...The Tribute”, with Gary Grimes as Paul McCartney, Mark Benson as John Lennon, Tom Work as George Harrison and Terry Manfredi as Ringo Starr rocked Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium which was packed to capacity with over twenty-eight hundred happy fans, dancing and screaming in excitement.
Opening the show was brilliantly talented, Emmy nominated guitarist Peter Huttlinger, a veteran guitarist, session player, songwriter and arranger who has performed with John Denver, Lee Ann Rimes, and at the Eric Clapton Crossroads guitar festivals. Combining the style of country genius Merle Travis together with the music of George Gershwin, Huttlinger’s rendition of “I Got Rhythm” set the pace for an utterly amazing show. Taking the stage before a restless crowd eager to hear their favorite Beatle tribute band is no mean task and it is to the credit of the producers of this show that each year, the opening performers have been exceptional. The crowd was suitably enthralled as Huttlinger continued with a funky adaptation of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and an eerily chilling version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”.
After a huge round of applause and a vote of thanks to Radio WPLJ, Liverpool’s own Jean Catherall of Liverpool Beatlescene information service, to coordinator Charlotte Stoll of China Travel Bureau, to Don Imus for interviewing the band the previous day, as well as thanks to the fans who had traveled from all over the world for this show, the lights dimmed and the magical mystery tour began. To the tumultuous cheers and screams of the audience the four musicians came on stage and complete with authentic instruments, amplifiers, suits, boots, Beatle haircuts and authentic “Scouse” Liverpool accents, they won our hearts once more.
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