Concert Review – The Get Back Beatles

Words and Photography by Ben Macnair

Fans of the fab four were out in force when tribute band The Get Back Beatles appeared at Lichfield Guildhall on Sunday 8th December.

With the emphasis on the hits, and the more up-beat songs by John, Paul, George and Ringo the four-piece played an energetic set of songs, such as the early rock of I want to Hold your Hand, and  I Feel fine or the slower ballad Penny Lane.

Early hit Can’t buy me love, a rare cover with Berry Gordy’s Money, or the more experimental styles of Revolution No 9 were also well played, before Get Back, which was turned into a far more raucous rock song than the overly familiar original closed the opening set.

The second set was even more action-packed with the classics A Hard Day’s Night, I Should have known better, or the more folk based song We can work it out all being passionately played and song. Daytripper bought even more dancing, as did Twist and Shout, whilst the mood was changed by a poignant reading of John Lennon’s biggest solo hit, Imagine, being performed in respect of the 39 years to the day that had passed since he was murdered.

However, there was no room for the slower ballads such as The Long and Winding Road, or Blackbird, the experimentalism of Tomorrow Never Knows or I am the Walrus. Leaving the showcase for ‘George’ to his rock ‘n’ roll sets that he played in the early days of the band in Hamburg, meant that the songs he went onto write, which included such classics as Taxman, Something or Here Comes the Sun were not featured.

An encore of the novelty hit Yellow Submarine, and the ever-green Hey Jude showed that the music of the Beatles is still popular and resonates with successive generations.

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