John Lamb, Published January 22 2014
Weekend Watch: Beatles’ tribute act offers ‘Magical Mystery Tour’
Most fans never got a chance to see the group, which stopped touring in 1966. With only Paul and Ringo left, a reunion is out of the picture, but not beyond imagination.
Fans can still get a good idea what the group looked and sounded like thanks to tribute acts, like the Fab Four, which plays the Fargo Theatre tonight. The flashback starts at 8 p.m.
For 17 years these John, Paul, George and Ringo ringers have been reviving the mop-tops’ harmonies and music.
The Fab Four cherry picks from the original catalogue, going back to early pop gems like “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help” to the more introspective “Yesterday.” They follow through the second-half of The Beatles’ career, songs they never performed in concert, like “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” “Here Comes the Sun” and “Hey Jude,” complete with four minutes of “nah-nah-nah-nah” sing-along at the end.
The group not only provides faithful renditions of the songs, but also embodies the spirit and fashion of the ’60s with time-appropriate costume changes.
Maybe there won’t be the screaming teen fans that nearly drowned out The Beatles when they played “The Ed Sullivan Show,” but tonight’s concert should deliver a good idea of what the lads from Liverpool sounded like live and what shows could’ve looked like had they kept touring.
If You Go
WHAT: The Fab Four
WHEN: 8 tonight
where: Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway
tickets: $35 and $45. www.jadepresents.com and (866) 300-8300
Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533