Now my wife and I can honestly say we've seen The Beatles live in concert. OK, no, not the real Beatles, but about as close a facsimile as possible.
While in Vegas last week we caught several shows and the best one of them was the Fab Four, a Beatles tribute band, at the V theater in the Aladdin.
These guys play everything live "without any tapes, sequences or backing tracks!" dress and talk like the Beatles and cover the band chronologically with three signature Beatles wardrobe changes spanning 1963-1966, then the psychedelic era from 1966-1967 and finally the Vietnam war (part of it) and Beatles breakup era from 1967-1970.
Though my camera phone pictures all suck, they sort of give the feeling of the small, intimate live "shoe" to use Ed Sullivan's verbiage.
And yes, even Ed Sullivan is there - well, a guy that is playing Ed Sullivan anyway. You can find better pictures on The Fab Four Web site. Another cool thing is they mix in black and white video to accompany some of the songs.
If anybody reading this travels to Las Vegas between now and February 12 and are a Beatles fan of any sort, then this is one show that's well worth the $50 ticket price. Also, if they tour your area and the above applies then buy tickets. We would gladly pay to see this tribute band again.
The Fab Four covers over 200 Beatles song and they played several of the songs listed on this page when we saw them including: Penny Lane, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, She Loves You, Twist and Shout, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Yesterday (Paul solo), Here Comes The Sun (George solo), Imagine (John solo), Revolution and more. I didn't record a complete set list like I normally do with concerts, because most Beatles songs are very short (2-3 minutes) and I was just too into this show.
Yes, it was that good.
In fact, looking through the Beatles song list which includes dozens of hits I don't think saying that The Beatles were the greatest band ever is an overstatement. Who has been a better band over a similar, relatively short period of time? The Fab Four deserve the best grade possible. Grade: A+
A slightly modified version of this review (same grade) originally appeared at Things That Make You Go Hmm