"RUBBER SOUL" ALBUM PERFORMED AT SAINT ROCKE;
ALBUM MARKS A NEW BEGINNING IN ROCK MUSIC
Abbey Road performs album in its entirety on August 5
HERMOSA BEACH, CA (07/20/2012) Nationally touring Beatles tribute, Abbey Road, performs the "Rubber Soul" album in its entirety on Sunday, August 5 at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach. The band also will play a full set of other Beatles hits in the show that includes three costume changes. Opening band Dynamic Duo begins at 7 pm. The concert is 21+. Saint Rocke is located at 142 Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach 90254. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at www.saintrocke.com/show.cfm?id=79503&cart or by calling 310 372 0035 (box office opens at noon). The venue's website is www.saintrocke.com.
"Rubber Soul" was released by the Beatles in December, 1965. Inspired by the folk-rock sound blossoming in the United States, the songs on the Rubber Soul album show the influence that the sound of the Byrds and the songwriting of Bob Dylan were having on the Beatles. The album was listed at number five on Rolling Stone Magazine’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list.
In creating the album, the Beatles were expanding conventional rock instrumental parameters by using a sitar on “Norwegian Wood,” French-like guitar lines on “Michelle” and “Girl,” fuzz bass on “Think For Yourself” and a piano made to sound like a harpsichord on “In My Life.” An unusual percussion source was also created by Ringo by his tapping a pack of matches with his finger. This "tapping" sound can be heard in the background of "I'm Looking Through You.”
"I spent two hours in the studio trying to find the best sound to duplicate the pack of matches on "I'm Looking Through You'," said Axel Clarke, who portrays "Ringo" in the show. "I use a bongo head on a towel during the show," continued Clarke, who teaches high school by day and slips on a wig and a Liverpudlian accent to perform nights with the show.
Where did the name "Rubber Soul" come from? Before 1965, bands named albums after song or film titles or a cute catch phrase like "Beatles For Sale." Almost three weeks into recording the album, John, Paul, George and Ringo still hadn’t decided on a title. During an interview on November 1st, 1965, Paul joked that “the title of which could be ‘It’s The Bloody Beatles Again!”
Paul later explained that the title came from a U.S. newspaper article he read about someone describing the Rolling Stones as less than extraordinary blues musicians. ‘Mick Jagger, man. Well you know they’re good – but it’s plastic soul.’ So ‘plastic soul’ was the germ of the ‘Rubber Soul’ idea," said Paul.
As far as their songwriting on the album, it was obvious that a change was in the air. Paul explains: “The direction was moving away from the poppy stuff like "Thank you Girl", "From Me To You" and "She Loves You." The early material was directly related to our fans, saying, ‘Please buy this record,’ but now we’d come to a point where we thought, ‘We’ve done that. Now we can branch out into songs that are more surreal, a little more entertaining.’ And other people were starting to arrive on the scene who were influential. Bob Dylan was influencing us quite heavily at that point.”
With their tight harmonies, flawless note for note renditions of Beatles hits, custom–tailored costumes, vintage instruments, Liverpudlian dialect and precise attention to every detail, Abbey Road has honed their show to become one of the most musically and visually satisfying Beatle tribute acts in the world. Abbey Road recreates the magic, music, wit and charm of the Beatles, including the Fab Four’s cheeky personalities, familiar onstage banter and patter between songs.
“The show delivers!” said the L.A. Times. “If you see one tribute show, see this one – smart and loads of fun,” said the O.C. Register. “This is the ticket for you,” said the Idaho Statesman. In addition to the Belly Up, Abbey Road is a nationally touring band who headlines Knott’s, Harrah’s Rincon, Harrah's Tahoe, The Coach House, The Canyon Club and Pala Casino. The band performs 150 high profile engagements across the country each year.
Three costume changes cover the full range of the Beatle experience and beyond, with authentic early black Beatle suits, Sgt. Pepper’s regalia and Abbey Road attire. Hear the piccolo trumpet solo on Penny Lane and the full orchestration of A Day in the Life. Relive the emotional intensity of Paul’s moving Yesterday solo, as well as the high energy of stadium songs like Twist and Shout and other Beatle hits. www.inmylifetheplay.com and www.facebook.com/abbeyroadtribute
Nationally touring Abbey Road - A Tribute to the Beatles performs the "Rubber Soul" album cover to cover and a full set of other Beatles hits in their amazing three costume show on Sunday, August 5 at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach. The band also will play a full set of other Beatles hits in the show that includes three costume changes. Opening band Dynamic Duo begins at 7 pm. The concert is 21+. Saint Rocke is located at 142 Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach 90254. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at http://saintrocke.com/show.cfm?id=79503&cart or by calling 310 372 0035 (box office opens at noon). The venue's website is www.saintrocke.com.
PHOTO TAG: "ARGoofy" shows (l-r) Chris Overall ("Paul"), Jesse Wilder ("George"), Axel Clarke ("Ringo") and Greg Wilmot ("John")
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