Review – Twist and Shout with Yesterday’s music

2011-08-26 13:48

So, there were these four blokes from Liverpool, right. You might have heard of them – John, Paul, George and Ringo.

They were pretty popular in England, and when they hit America in 1964 the newspapers screamed “Moptop Invasion” and the girls just screamed.

It was the beginning of an era that would spawn a new style of music that would be immortal – gathering new fans as each generation came along.

Rain, the Beatles tribute band, will not only make you wish you’d been born in the 1960s so you could experience the music first-hand, they will make you wish you were there all the time.

This well-put-together tribute show is so much more than four guys trying to look like John, Paul, George and Ringo.

While they replicate the boys’ playing, singing and mannerisms with uncanny accuracy, a trio of big screens contexualise the era and the mania that gave birth to The Beatles.

A highlight is the Flintstones advert for cigarettes (it doesn’t get more retro than that!) and another for a very clever washing powder brand that was giving away free stockings to lure housewives.

Cleverly partitioned into five sets, Rain set about tracing the foursome’s musical trajectory from the early days of I Want to Hold Your Hand and I Saw Her Standing There to the very first rock concept album, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, via the mind-boggling concert they gave at Shea Stadium in New York City.

Then it’s Flower Power all the way until the iconic Abbey Road.

Apparently they fancied calling the album Everest, but didn’t fancy the taxing climb up its namesake for a cover shot!

That’s just one bit of the weird, wonderful and downright random trivia that you will learn about the awesome foursome during the show.

What’s most incredible about this show for me, not necessarily a fan of the band, is that I knew the words to most of these songs.
Probably because I am the daughter of a former fan, though I wasn’t born until a couple of years after their last album as a foursome had been recorded.

If you have been burnt by some of the terrible tribute shows that come to our shores every year, see this – this is what a tribute show should be.

And if you think you aren’t a fan and don’t know a Beatles song – think again, mate. Everyone does.

» Rain is on at the Teatro at Montecasino until September 4. Book at Computicket.

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