Friday night, I took the night off.
I have been worrying constantly, about living expenses, about moving
expenses, whether to go back or not, etc..
Worrying about family.
Worrying about spending money on my trip.
Bless KCPT, Channel 19 in Kansas City, for front row tickets to the
Fab Four, the Ultimate Tribute (Beatles).
I went back 50 years and I had a blast.
We were in the beautiful Midland Theater (Loew's Midland, built in 1927, and yes, I worked there, too, lo these many years ago).
Now called "The Arvest Bank at the Midland".
What you see in this picture is the sequestered area where 50 of us waited for the
four "lads" to arrive for the pre-show meet and greet.
They were late, so we played Beatle's trivia... and Miss Wikipedia
finally shut her mouth so other people could get some answers in.
Gavin Pring as George Harrison
(oh, yes, I was close)
Gavin is actually FROM Liverpool.
Ron McNeil as John Lennon. Ron is the mastermind between
the casts who perform for the Fab Four, and has been for
Joe Bologna as Ringo Starr... "peace and love"
Ardy Sarraf as Paul McCartney
As they explained today, a "cover band" simply
plays another band's songs in their own style.
A "tribute" band plays the songs exactly as
they were played in the original production.
These guys play the songs as if the Beatles were
actually playing a two hour concert. (which they
didn't, their concerts lasted about 35 minutes post-Hamburg)
They can be found on YouTube, and there are several people
who post their concerts, if you want to listen to them.
Anyway, I was a donor to KCPT, and I got a perk because of it.
No, not the up-close-and-personal Ardy
It was this:
FAN GIRL CRUSHING :-)
For those of you who are interested,
The Fab Four are doing the entire Sgt. Pepper's album (now 50 years old) tomorrow
night on AXS TV at 7 PM Central time. If you have AXS, it would be worth
a watch, I guarantee a good time for you!
Nice guys, too... and wonderful performers!
Thanks again, KCPT!