Foursome recreate Beatlemania
IT is 50 years since The Beatles' first single Please Please Me reached number one in the charts, and no Beatles tribute set would be complete without it.
Exeter-based band The Fab Beatles, renowned as one the best Beatles tribute acts in the UK, will be performing it along with hits from each period of the Beatles legacy.
The anniversary celebration concert will take place at Exeter's Barnfield Theatre on Friday, March 22, and also marks 10 years since the band first played at the venue.
The Fab Beatles formed in 1991 and the only remaining original member is its founder, Kev Day.
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"The Beatles have always been my first love and it never gets boring because of that," he said. "I started off playing Ringo for four years, then our John Lennon left. We couldn't get another John Lennon, and I already played the guitar, so they asked if I would have a go. I wanted to do something different and the rest, as they say, is history."
And the history of the band certainly makes for impressive reading. Among the many achievements the band has enjoyed is being picked by the BBC as the best Beatles tribute band around to compete in BBC1 programme Battle of the Fantasy Bands in 2001. They came runners-up. Another impressive feat was being commissioned by EMI to promote the Beatles 1 CD.
For Kev though, his greatest achievement with the band remains performing in front of a celebrity audience at the legendary Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles recorded almost all of their albums and singles between 1962 and 1970.
With so many Beatles tribute acts on the circuit competition is fierce, but Kev reveals why they have a reputation as one of the best.
"We are probably better musicians than most of them," says Kev. "We are actually playing like a band rather than just playing caricatures and acting it. We are musicians who play like the Beatles.We keep it rocking. All Beatles fans say we stay true to the music and we don't use tapes or pre-recorded tracks. We try to keep the fun and spirit of it.
"It's all about having a laugh. We don't take it too seriously."
To recreate the Beatles era, the band has a vast array of costumes, many of which have been sourced from America to look as authentic as possible. The Beatles illusion is finished off with replica instruments.
The Fab Beatles show starts with Love Me Do and goes through each album and song up to Let It Be.
Tickets for the gig, starting at 7.30pm, cost £12. Call 01392 270891 or visit www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk