By Jerry Del Priore
I was just a mere lad when the English pop-rock band the Beatles broke up, somewhere around 1969-70. John Lennon said he was leaving the group in September 1969 and Paul McCartney soon followed suit. So I never experienced the phenomenon of the Fab Four.
Well, I got as close to ever seeing the band from Liverpool, England, on Thursday night, when my girlfriend, Maggie, and I saw Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, as RAIN presented The Best of Abbey Road 50th year celebration live at the Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) in Morristown, New Jersey.
Let me tell you, it was more than seeing a Beatles cover band. It was a trip back in time to see one of the most influential, iconic music groups in history.
From songs such as Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da to Twist and Shout, and every classic in between, we were rocking and dancing the evening away with the rest of the energetic packed house, which included the young and young at heart.
The amazing light show, background nostalgic videos on the state-of-the-art, high-definition screens, and colorful costume changes made it feel like a Broadway-like musical show, evoking memories of yesteryear, when the Beatles helped transform the face of music.
In fact, RAIN has played Broadway, and the band members have been together longer than the Beatles were.
I tend to favorite the Beatles’ guitar-driven tunes, such as While My Guitar Gently Weeps, I Want to Hold Your Hand and She’s Got a Ticket to Ride, which Rain all played to perfection.
Rain came out for an encore and played the Beatles’ classic hit Hey, Jude, to a resounding crowd reaction.
We left the concert with the feeling that all we needed was love, and we could get by with a little help from our friends. Maybe we’ll start a revolution. Who knows?
For more information on the rest of tour dates, and to purchase tickets, please visit: Raintribute.com/shows/
Watch RAIN Perform the Song You’re Going to Lose that Girl in Video Below.