The first thing Beatles you see is on the sidescreens, where Beatles trivia questions come popping up. And let me tell you, there ainâ€™t any gimmes in this bunch. If it hadnâ€™t been for the guy behind me feeding me the answers, I would have got a grand total of two or three answers correct. After the questions, though, you can sit back, relax and ride the nostalgic roller coaster for two-plus hours of sheer enjoyment.
Once the questions go off and the crowd gets restless, the sidescreens begin showing still photography from the early 1960s, then black-and-white footage of an impersonator doing his Ed Sullivan shtick, with the hunched shoulders, the crossed arms, and grossly exaggerated voice and actions. His mimicry of the Beatlesâ€™ introduction is when the curtain goes up on Rain.
Rain has had plenty of practice, now that theyâ€™ve been doing this for two decades, but from what Iâ€™ve read theyâ€™ve had their routine down pat since long ago. The mop tops, the Savile Row suits, the â€śBeatle boots,â€ť the accents, are all dead on. While their voices may be less so, theyâ€™re close enough to occasionally give you pause, while always giving you satisfaction and pleasure.
The quartet goes through five costume and appearance changes over two acts, broken by a short, well-deserved intermission. These guys work! As the Beatles changed their individual appearances over the years, so do the members of Rain for each musical era. First itâ€™s the mop tops, then itâ€™s slightly longer hair, then itâ€™s even longer hair with some facial hair, and theyâ€™ve dropped the matching suits in favor of more casual clothing.
Of course, for the Sergeant Pepper album, theyâ€™re in the stage version of military costumes, just as the Beatles were when they posed for the cover of that album. And when they do their Abbey Road medley, theyâ€™re again true to appearance. Throughout the performance the timing, actions, and even the esoteric-at-the-time instrumentation are duplicated to perfection.