“The Beatles are playing at the stadium next month. They are touring to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Revolver. Do you want to go?”
If only that was possible! It’s not only impossible, it was never really possible. The Beatles quit touring in 1966, they broke up in 1970, and John Lennon was assassinated in 1980.
When The Beatles did tour, technology was nowhere near where it is today. The Fab Four completely missed out on the big world tours launched by rock bands in the 1970s.
Fortunately, we have the next best thing. That is Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles. This theatrical show stars four actors/musicians as John, Paul, George, and Ringo.
They recreate The Beatles on stage note-for-note and gesture-for-gesture. They are assisted by a keyboard player who remains off stage. There is no lip-syncing or air guitar in this show.
Critics and audience members both agree that Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles is as close as you can get to actually experiencing the world’s greatest music band in concert.
Is This A Show Or A Concert?
It’s called a show but “concert” is the word that best describes the experience. The actors/musicians who play The Beatles have little dialogue beyond some stage banter.
Instead they perform Beatles songs in loose chronological order. As they advance through the Fab Four’s catalog they change costumes and wigs to match the Beatles’ style at that particular time.
For example, when they perform cuts from Sgt. Peppers, the band is decked out in those iconic and colorful marching band uniforms.
Behind the band are large screens that display videos corresponding to each song/era. This visual aspect is quite impressive. Rain is a real multi-media production.
What Beatles Songs Should I Expect To Hear?
If you have Rain tickets expect to hear about two and half dozen Beatles songs. You’ll hear classics like "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Come Together," and "Hey Jude."
If you’re unfamiliar with the greatest rock band of all-time, “Rain” is the name of one of their songs. Despite the fact that most bands would kill to write and record a song like “Rain,” for The Beatles it was the B-Side to their 1966 single “Paperback Writer” and never released on an original album.
Where Is Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles From?
The show traces its roots all the way back to 1975 and Laguna Beach, California. A band named Reign played Beatles cover and original material. By the end of the decade this band had evolved into a full-fledged Beatles tribute act.
In 2010, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles experienced a successful run on Broadway. The faux fab four performed more than 300 times.