A few months ago, Quirky T stopped the Guitar Train to see a great Beatles cover band called Strawberry Fields. They perform every Saturday at 12 pm at The Beatles Brunch at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in New York City. (www.bbkingblues.com) The price of admission includes an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet and the band’s performance. The cover band has been playing at this venue for 15 years. They don’t necessarily look the parts but they do act them. Except the Paul McCartney impersonator who kept going in and out of character which was confusing. It was hard to know when he was taking about his own life and when he was being Paul.
Strawberry Fields played 22 songs spanning The Beatles catalogue including more cover songs than usual for a Beatles tribute band. Beatles originals that were a pleasant surprise to hear were “I Call Your Name”, “I’ve Just Seen a Face”, and “Thank You Girl”. I thought the band did a great job and I really enjoyed the performance. For more information on the band, check out http://www.strawberryfieldsthetribute.com
There’s always an element of sadness when listening to a Beatles cover band and especially the banter among the performers. The real Beatles never played some of the songs live that their tribute bands play now. The real Beatles never had the onstage banter about their later songs. Instead of “Things We Said Today”, it’s “Things They Never Got to Say”.
After the concert, I headed to The Beatles exhibit at Lincoln Center which “Paul” had talked about between songs. It was a great exhibit which I have already mentioned in a previous Guitar Train stop.
What struck me was that I just paid more money to see a Beatles cover band than fans paid in 1964 to see the real Beatles in concert! Times and money sure have changed but The Beatles will remain forever.
Next month, hop aboard the Guitar Train for stops to listen to the Standards as sung by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Quirky T’s favorites – Paul McCartney, Gloria Estefan, and Jon Secada.