Popular local band The Born Again Beatles bought a sold out audience of music fans looking for a night of nostalgia and some of the best known songs from the pop archive.
The four piece of Steve Thompson (Paul) Roy Thompson (Ringo) Chris Newcombe (George) Stuart Howes (John) more than ably filled the sounds created by four of the most iconic musicians, with a set list that took from all ages of the Beatles, from the rock and roll sound they developed playing hundreds of shows in Hamburg to their mop top era and their more experimental later period.
Taking an interest in the music and image of the band was just as important as getting the sounds right, with Vox Amplifiers, Hofner Bass, Gretsch and Epiphone Guitars, Ludwig Drums, suits and wigs all adding to the look of the band.
The high energy show started with Magical Mystery Tour and I Want to Hold Your Hand. The musicianship was of a uniformly high standard with accurate renditions of musical parts, while the vocal harmonies were as good as any Beatles tribute band.
Eight Days a Week, Paperback Writer, Drive My Car, Money, Lady Madonna, I Feel Fine, You’re Going to Lose that Girl, Chains, Love Me Do, Please Please Me, Please Mr Postman and Get Back/Back in the USSR all featured in the first half, while a touching version of George Harrison’s Something was expertly played and sung.
The highlight of the set was a show stealing version of Let It Be, which sounded at its best within the acoustics that the Guildhall provides.
The energy level was lifted even further during the second half with many songs taken at a faster pace than the originals.
Starting with a Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band/A Hard Day’s Night, the songs continued with the acoustic I Should Have Known Better.
We Can Work It Out was turned from an acoustic sing-along to a song full of soulful intensity, while the covers songs that featured in the Beatles early sets in Hamburg, such as Roll Over Beethoven, Rock and Roll Music and Twist and Shout were well received.
Although many of the Beatles songs were the result of days spent in the studio, adding guitar over dubs or using brass and string sections, the four musicians were still able to give full rendition of such classics as Daytripper, Help and Ticket to Ride.
A second set of songs by Beatles contemporaries, such as The Spencer Davies Group, The Who and The Rolling Stones was also incorporated into the set, showing the versatility of the four musicians on stage.