Another British Invasion? Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s true
The British are coming, and they’re going to stay a while.
Yesterday — A Tribute to the Beatles opens Friday, Jan. 18, in the Horizon Casino Resort’s Golden Cabaret. The title of the show is “The British Are Coming.”
The band will recreate the Fab Four’s first three Ed Sullivan appearances and their 1965 Shea Stadium concert six nights a week. Yesterday will be here at least 12 weeks. If the show proves popular, the contract will be extended.
“I’m looking forward to the 12 weeks and a lot longer,” said Don Bellezzo, who portrays John Lennon. “I like it up here. It’s very clean.”
The show is in two parts, the first with the band wearing black suits, which the originals donned for Ed Sullivan. In the second half, Yesterday will wear the Shea Stadium jackets from The Beatles’ last concert tour, 43 years ago. The songs are in the original keys and in the same arrangements.
“The music is timeless,” Bellezzo said. “It has great melodies and great lyrics. Great songs like that have no time limit.”
The Beatles led the British Invasion, which shaped rock ‘n’ roll. Others who followed The Beatles from the U.K. to the U.S. included the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Animals, the Yardbirds, the Hollies, the Kinks, Manfred Mann, Herman’s Hermits, the Moody Blues and Donovan. But it all started Feb. 9, 1964, with The Beatles’ appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
Also in the tribute band are Paul Sacco (Paul McCartney), Jim Lett (George Harrison) and Mike Streeto (Ringo Starr).
“We’ve got three Italians,” Bellezzo said. “We’re like the Beatle Mafia.”
Songs featured in the show include “Help,” Hard Day’s Night,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Twist and Shout.”
Yesterday contrasts with another Beatles tribute called Rain, which gives a historical show and whose Paul is right-handed.
Las Vegas-based, and performing since 1986, they are the resident Beatles Show Band for “Legends in Concert.”
Yesterday has performed on five continents, including six trips to Japan.
“The British are Coming” featuring Yesterday runs at 8:30 nightly except Tuesdays in the Golden Cabaret.. Tickets are $24.95 and available at the Horizon’s Box Office or online at http://ticketsus.at/Tribune/.
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