The Beatles is arguable one of the top bands to ever grace music charts around the world, notably in America and Britain. There are as many Beatle tribute bands as there are Beatle songs. The frenzy over four lads from Liverpool exists at the forefront of current musical interest. There is nothing depressing about this-it is time to celebrate the gifts four young men gave to the world. George Harrison once said, “As far as I’m concerned, there won’t be a Beatles reunion as long as John Lennon remains dead”. As yesterday, November 29 marked the 10th anniversary of Harrison’s death, and the 31st anniversary of John’s murder comes December 8th, the true Beatle fans can celebrate the life and music of The Beatles with the most authentic Beatles tribute band in America, RAIN.
No matter what Beatle genre fancies your taste, the members of RAIN will happily accommodate when they do a little ‘Day Tripping’ in Louisville this coming weekend. December 2nd and 3rd are reserved in Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center for the Arts so fans of John, Paul, George, and Ringo can envision ‘Strawberry Fields forever’.
RAIN is brings The Beatles alive with period costuming and vintage instruments. Although the guitars used by ‘Paul’ are right handed, the instruments are identical to those used by The Beatles. The members of RAIN transform the stage into distinct periods of Beatlemania, from “The Ed Sullivan Show” era to Abbey Road. The RAIN cast consists of several gentlemen, who rotate to bring the show to cities near you.
Louisville.com chatted with RAIN cast member Mark Beyer, born and raised in Louisville, and a self-proclaimed Beatle “addict since age 6”. Since The Beatles quit touring after a couple years, many studio sounds came from 52-piece orchestras and exotic instruments. Beyer is responsible for the many sound textures heard on studio albums; he would be the fifth Beatle. Beyer comments, “I would be like the George Martin character. I reproduce the exotic parts The Beatles couldn’t do live”. Beyer studied under Don Murray at Bellarmine University.
This is the first time RAIN is in Louisville, although the cast tours extensively both in the US and abroad. The love for The Fab Four spans generations and the pond, also known as the Atlantic Ocean, will not stop RAIN. The show is not a play, it is a concert. It is a complete and authentic concert, spanning the complete catalogue of The Beatles. Beyer explains, “it is always exciting, every night,” as he talked about the authenticity of the music. Beyer is, “honored to be with them and happy to bring the show to Louisville”.
Now, for the need to know. Shows are December 2nd at 8p, and December 3rd at 2p & 8p in Whitney Hall at The Kentucky Center for the Arts. Tickets are available at kentuckycenter.org at start at $22.75. The show is recommended for ages 12+ and will surely please with ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’, no pun intended, of course.
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