Watching “1964” … The Tribute perform is like entering a time machine, returning magically to the 1960s, when The Beatles were making girls scream and parents were shaking their heads wondering who these four guys with the long hair and the funny suits were.
The band 1964 the Tribute will re-create the early touring years of The Beatles. The Orem show begins Monday at 8 p.m. at The SCERA Shell Outdoor Theater. Steven Gardner, the press manager and photographer of the tribute band, said with a band as popular as The Beatles, there are bound to be imitators, but not many can do it this well.
The tribute band strives for authenticity, both in sound and appearance. The musicians that portray the Fab Four mimic the body movements and characters of the individuals, and work to look as much like The Beatles as possible. The musician portraying Paul McCartney imitates him by playing the bass left-handed, despite the fact that the musician is actually right-handed.
In addition to Beatles fans, those with an interest in history might also enjoy the tribute concert. Gardner said everything is done in its original form. The instruments are identical to the ones played by The Beatles in 1964 and the suits that the members of the tribute band wear for performances come from the same company that made the original suits for the lads from Liverpool.
The most recent 1964 tribute show drew a crowd of 7,000 people. Gardner said some of the people who came to the show are original fans who saw The Beatles, and some fans weren’t even born during the era. Sometimes, grandparents, parents and children come to the shows together.
Gardner said the reason young fans are interested in The Beatles is because they made good music. He said many musicians respect The Beatles, whether or not they are actually fans.
“People can identify with good music,” he said.
Gardner said something always felt right about The Beatles’ music and although times might have changed, kids haven’t. He said when kids today become fans of The Beatles, they are experiencing the same feeling people had when they first heard the band’s music in 1964, and that is exactly what the tribute show strives to re-create.
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