Live review: Them Beatles at the Playhouse Whitley Bay
YOU can’t really go wrong with a Beatles tribute act.
So good are the songs of the Fab Four that stick me on stage singing them and I’ll still get a mildly enthusiastic reception.
But give them to four top musicians with an immaculate attention to detail and an unerring knack of sounding – and acting – just like the real thing, then you get a great reception.
Them Beatles don’t just perform some of the most famous songs in popular music history, they recreate them to make them sound just like the record.
There is no pre-recorded backing music, and authentic instruments are used from each era they represent, which goes right back from the raw rock‘n’roll of Liverpool’s Cavern Club all the way through to the band’s final appearance on the rooftop of their Apple HQ.
There were a few teething problems with the production, but no one would have noticed had they not mentioned it themselves.
As well as the music, their banter between songs was spot on in its authenticity. Pretend John was my favourite – just like the real John is my favourite Beatle.
With such a rich catalogue to choose from, there’s bound to be disappointment at what was left out (no Hey Jude was a surprise) but nobody would have left the Playhouse under a cloud on Sunday night.
Highlights for me included Some Other Guy from the Cavern days, a brilliant Here Come the Sun and a superb Don’t Let Me Down, ending with an encore of Get Back which got the crowd rocking.
This week marks 50 years since the release of the Fab Four’s debut single, Love Me Do, and, as acts like Them Beatles prove, the appetite for their music will never wane.