If you haven’t noticed, I am a huge Beatles fan. I don’t collect memorabilia or walk around mourning John’s murder, but I love their music. The Beatles are, were, and will forever be the greatest rock band on earth.
I have very strong opinions about people messing with the Beatles, so I approach cover bands with serious trepidation. That being said, there are several Beatles tributes who have won some notoriety, among them 1964 and Beatlejuice. These bands do justice to the Beatles music by trying to replicate the music of the band as nearly as possible.
Recently we found out about a band called Rain who not only replicate the music but, as nearly as possible, try to replicate the experience of seeing a Beatles show. This I had to see!
Last night, Nichole and I went to a show with Greg and Lori Jones. Greg is one of our elders at Grace and a fellow Beatles aficionado. (Let’s set aside for a moment the fact that I love having elders in our church who like the stuff I like.)
All I can say is WOW.
Rain is, for all intents and purposes, the Beatles. Their work is absolutely extraordinary.
You have to understand that I listen intensely to Beatles music. I replay songs to hear subtleties in George’s guitar work. My wife and I listen to their harmonies and note movements in and around the melody. We crank up the bass and tell everyone to be quiet so we can pick out tempo changes in Ringo’s drumming.
And Rain does it all. They have the Beatles idiosyncrasies; they uncannily have their voices; and they produce the kind of chemistry that audiences love.
I think one of my favorite things about the show was their performance of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” The original recording of the song has an interesting history, and George never really liked it. Although it features the uncredited guitar work of Eric Clapton and is unquestionably one of the best songs on The Beatles, George Harrison thought it would be better as a more acoustic, orchestral setting that would feed into an electric guitar finale. You can hear George’s original idea on the Cirque de Soleil show soundtrack Love, with an orchestral arrangement by George Martin.
Rather than replicating the recording from The Beatles, Rain performs the song as an acoustic guitar piece and then “George” gets up and switches to a Les Paul Custom and lets loose on the solos and the acoustic song turns into a rock anthem. I loved it; loved it; LOVED IT! It was amazing. I seriously almost started crying because it was a tribute to George Harrison, who I hold in the highest regard as a musician. It was fitting and beautiful.
If you have a chance to enjoy this show, you have to do it. Lay down the money and see it.