Review: Bootleg Beatles bring Fab Four to S'pore

10 November 2012 / 3 years 11 months ago

Source: AsiaOneWhile they're not the real deal, The Bootleg Beatles is probably the closest thing to a Beatles performance most of us will ever get to watch.The longest-running tribute to the world's first boyband has been putting on an exciting show for Beatles fans all over the world for more than 30 years.Performing in Singapore for the first time, The Bootleg Beatles have brought along an 8-piece wind and string ensemble to the Marina Bay Sands for the concert, which runs from November 8-11.It is probably easy to dismiss the tribute band as just one among hundreds who try but fail to emulate the charm of what was once the biggest band in the world.Afterall, in the days way before the Internet and mp3 files were invented, The Beatles managed to leave girls and boys screaming for them all over the world. Till today, they are still one of the most revered groups in history, holding the record for the most number of songs listed on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the past 50 years.Yet, this does little to intimidate The Bootleg Beatles, who manage to put on a tireless and exciting 150-minute performance, taking the audience back to the post-war years when messages of peace and love gave hope to societies jaded by the war and depression.Beginning with songs from the early 1960's, the band delighted old-school fans with a decade's worth of Beatle hits back-to-back. As fans got on their feet, they twisted, shouted and swayed as if they had been transported in a time machine to the years when the Fab Four's cheerful pop music left no city untouched.Lead guitarist 'George Harrison' took jabs at the audience's age, sending them into roars of laughter.After the crowd danced along to I Saw Her Standing There, he told them it was time to stop dancing because he noticed "a couple of people who had run out of breath".The string quartet and 4-person wind ensemble added a nice touch to familiar songs like While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Yesterday, which was perfectly executed by 'Paul McCartney' in his signature mop-top Beatle haircut.The melancholy atmosphere was soon disrupted when the group burst into more dance hits from the post-war era. After sending fans into a booty-shaking frenzy with Twist and Shout, the band left for a break.When they re-opened the set, they continued with a slew of psychadelic songs starting from the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.With moustaches all in check and 'John Lennon' behind the piano, the band launched into songs like With a Little Help from My Friends, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane.And just when fans thought the concert couldn't get any more trippy, they were told to put their arms around each other and join in for the song All You Need is Love.Though the sheer number of Beatles hits produced between 1960 and 1970 makes it impossible for The Bootleg Beatles to complete a full tribute in the span of one concert, the band hit all the right notes by ending their encore set with favourites like Here Comes the Sun, Don't Let Me Down and Hey Jude.And while the crowd remained standing and cheering for one more encore, it was a hard day's night and The Bootleg Beatles had to disband once more.The Bootleg Beatles are performing at the Marina Bay Sands Grand Theatre till November 11.Tickets are priced between $55 to $150 and are available through Sistic or the box office at the door.

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