Picture yourself in a boat on a river with tangerine trees and marmalade skies or just find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat with anticipation at the very best Beatles‘ impersonation showcase this side of the pond and you’re watching none other than RAIN: A Tribute To The Beatles. The pseudo Fab Four proudly depicted an uncanny performance to the bewildered audience members at the Mesa Arts Center on Tuesday, April 10.
With each Beatle-esque era, their style of music and attire concurrently evolved. The essence of this historical moment was accurately portrayed during RAIN’s entire act at the Ikeda Theatre. The first act was during the “British Invasion” years, in which the band executed songs such as “Please Please Me”, “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”, “Hard Days Night” and others, while wearing the black suits, white shirts and skinny black ties The Beatles wore on their North American television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show”.
Even this Sir Paul is an uncanny left-handed bass player strumming away on his signature Rickenbacker guitar as he quickly jerked his head side to side like his famous doppelganger. McCartney’s twin strapped on his acoustic guitar and took center stage sans the other members to present a nostalgic rendition of “Yesterday” before the acting John Lennon and George Harrison joined him, with depictions of Shea Stadium in the background, for a joyful “I Feel Fine”. Ringo’s stand-in was stationary atop his drum pedestal above the band. This marked the band’s first dress change into glittery suit jackets and black slacks. The three guys danced around the stage during “Day Tripper” and had the crowd on its feet for the first time during the energetic “Twist & Shout”.
A quick band break was taken while videos featuring black & white commercials covering various times in wholesome American and British history were shown to the mostly seasoned crowd. This was the scene prior to the presentation of the Beatles’ psychedelic Sgt. Pepper’s era in full illustriously ornate regalia. Starr’s double was given the spotlight during his rendition of “With A Little Help From My Friends” while pounding away on the skins and never missing a beat. The audience clapped along in rhythm with him to show their enthusiasm. On “Eleanor Rigby”, Lennon’s guy sweetly tickled the ivories and the four sang along in sweet harmony. “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” came fully equipped with mirrored ball graphics engulfing the theatre and psychedelic images showing on the screen behind the band. Kaleidoscopic scenes causing visual hallucinations were prevalent throughout this time period. “A Day In The Life” blew everyone away with its powerfully haunting thematic legacy. One could easily have had an out of body experience during this song as the melodious mood changes to a vigorous finish. The long, resounding final note was followed by an atomic boom that filled the quaint theatre and lead into a twenty minute intermission between the two acts.
“Magical Mystery Tour” was waiting to take us away at the onset of reassembling for act two. Then the stage went dim, with only three spotlights directly on the mocking Paul, George and John, during their version of the melancholy “Blackbird”. Meanwhile, they dedicated the song “In My Life” to the original fifth Beatle, George Martin, but it was also thoughtfully dedicated to a nine year old boy naked A.J. whose mother requested the song to be performed through RAIN by Request on their website. Harrison’s double stole the spotlight for the next two songs on “Here Comes The Sun” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. The latter was eloquently closed out by his epic guitar solo gently weeping throughout the walls of the concert hall.
The last wardrobe change was worn to depict the “Let It Be” days when the real band members regrettably decided to go their separate ways. Songs like “Come Together”, “Revolution” and “Hey Jude” were heard, amongst other memorable Beatles‘ hits, to signify the end of the most influential rock group ever known.
Act 1 –
“She Loves You”
“Please Please Me”
“From Me To You”
“I Wanna Hold Your Hand”
“Hard Days Night”
“If I Fell”
“Happy Just To Dance”
“I Feel Fine”
“The Night Before”
“Twist & Shout”
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
“With A Little Help From My Friends”
“Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”
“When I’m Sixty-Four”
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” reprise
“A Day In The Life”
Act 2 –
“Magical Mystery Tour”
“Across The Universe”
“In My Life”
“Here Comes The Sun”
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
“The End” (drum solo)
“Give Peace A Chance”
“Let It Be”
RAIN will be wrapping up their crowd-filled shows throughout North America in February 2017. You can check out their website for more information and if they are coming to your city so you too can take a walk down memory (Penny) lane. And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. So let’s just let it be.