Friday, Nov. 16, 2012
Branson’s “Beatles” show stops in Cass County
By Bethany Bashioum
Branson's Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute Band is coming to Cass County.
The show will be performed 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Pleasant Hill High School, by four musicians/actors, hand-selected by Louise Harrison, the sister of the late George Harrison.
The stop in Pleasant Hill is one of many performances taking place at high schools across the United States to promote the arts.
The sister of the late Beatles’ George Harrison, Louise Harrison, is promoting the new program with her brother’s vision to “Help Keep Music Alive.”
“The idea is to bring a broadway production to local schools and show the kids how much impact their music can have,” Harrison said. “Liverpool Legends present the very best portrayal of The Beatles since the only four guys to play The Beatles were John, Paul, George and Ringo.”
The Liverpool Legends will perform songs spanning the entire career of The Beatles and on through the solo years, while giving precise attention to every musical detail, costume changes, vintage instruments and special effects.
The performance is a reenactment of the The Beatles 1966 famed concert at Busch Stadium in St Louis. In addition, Harrison’s involvement with Liverpool Legends makes them the only band in the world with a close, direct biological link to the original Fab Four.
“For the past year, we have been focusing on trying to help high schools who are suffering from the budget crisis to help focus on the need for keeping music in the school curriculum,” Harrison said. “We can’t provide an awful lot of funds, but at least by focusing attention and giving a concert, we can show just how important music is and how much fun you can have with it.”
Harrison said The Beatles are still entertaining to both the young and old.
“Beatle music is loved all over the planet,” she said, “And every age group and kind of person from 90-year-olds to 18-month-olds love the music.”
The band has headlined their own production in Branson since 2006, and has since received recognition for the Branson Visitors’ Choice Award for Best Show in 2009 and 2010.
This year, the Liverpool Legends, along with Harrison, were also nominated for a Grammy Award for their work on "Fab Fan Memories.”
Tickets for the performances are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and can be purchased by calling 816-540-6348 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEET THE BAND:
Kevin Mantegna as John represents all Beatle and post-Beatle images of “The Smart One.” A fun-loving, playful performer, he incorporates every distinctive bit of persona and talent equated with Lennon.
Bob Beahon has traveled the world for the last 10 years performing as Paul McCartney, fine-tuning his energy, attention to detail and stage presence. His left-handed bass playing and close resemblance to Sir Paul place him among the top McCartney tribute artists in the world.
Marty Scott duplicates the guitar solos note for note, but also recreating George's unique vocal style. As “The Quiet One,” Marty creates a “true-to-life” experience.
Greg George shows resemblance to Ringo in both appearance and drumming style. He is the founding member of “1964 The Tribute” and has performed in thousands of concerts including several performances at Carnegie Hall.