Japanese Beatlemania Hits O-town

by Matthew Curtis
August 19, 2008 1:15 AM
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Friday night at The Social in downtown Orlando I had one of the most fun experiences at a club that I've had in a long time. The Silver Beats are a Beatles cover band from Tokyo, complete with original guitars and outfits, and they put on a fantastic show that exceeded all expectations. Concentrating on mostly earlier material including those great Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins covers from the first LPs and live shows, they took a brief foray into later stuff such as "Come Together," "Don't Let Me Down," a keyboard-less (!) "Let It Be," and "Back in the USSR." But the majority of their 95 minute set was "Rubber Soul" and back, hit after hit, energetically performed often note for note. And you know how many great Beatle songs can be played in an hour and a half?

Apparently the band have 160 tunes in their Fab Four repertoire, hold a steady gig at The Cavern Club (I kid you not) in Tokyo, and just finished a tour as openers for The Killers. When the members were introduced by both their Beatle names and real names, "Paul" introduced "John" as "the # 1 John Lennon in Japan!" When you see and hear this guy, you don't doubt it. Check them out at www.silverbeats.com or the "A Hard Day's Night" promotional video on You Tube. Watch out for cheap imitations though--apparently there's a Silver Beats in Spain as well that can't hold a candle to these talented performers from the Far East. The merch table had cool retro shirts and buttons too, but it's the unbelievable pop genius of song after song and effervescent performances that put a big smile on everyone's faces--hipsters and rednecks, hippies, punks, and middle-agers alike.

I know New York has an acclaimed Beatles cover band of famous session musicians called The Fab Faux, but The Silver Beats have made a believer out of me. You need to see these guys...

--Matthew

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