1964 Beatles Tribute





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Published on Dec 27, 2008

1964 Beatles Tribute Concert-Dec 3,2008
by Heather Roberts (Hamilton, ON)

1964 the Tribute appeared at the Hamilton Convention Centre in Hamilton, Ontario on Wednesday Dec. 3/08.
Background information
Origin: United States
Years active 1982 present
Website 1964thetribute.com

1964 the Tribute is a Beatles' tribute band that was formed in 1982. They have performed over 2900 shows, released albums and released videos. Rolling Stone magazine has called 1964, "The best Beatles tribute ever." They were also featured in a PBS special of the same name; the soundtrack to which is listed in the discography. 1964 the Tribute have been featured on Entertainment Tonight, PM Magazine, CNN, The USA Network, and The Nashville Network.

1964 the Tribute strive for authenticity in their portrayal of the Beatles but not everything they do is the same. Two areas that differ are sound quality and set length. Mark Benson, who portrays John Lennon in the band, says that in the original Beatles live performances in the 1960s the fans were lucky to hear the band. "You have to credit the Beatles with revolutionizing the sound-reinforcement industry," says Benson."Back then they had these little speakers that you couldn't hear anything out of. The way concerts were amplified had to be changed."Benson says that fans who saw the original shows notice the difference. "People will come up to us and say, 'I saw the Beatles in '64 and the only difference is I can hear you,'" says Benson.

Another difference is the set length.The Beatles did two 30 minute sets in their early shows and never did encores while 1964 the Tribute performs two 45-minute sets. "We tried the half-hour show initially, but it didn't go over well," says Benson.

The complete lineup includes:

Mark Benson as John Lennon
Gary Grimes as Paul McCartney
Tom Work as George Harrison
Terry Manfredi as Ringo Starr

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