So for a few reasons, this week’s Take Cover Thursday  is happening today…on a Friday.  In addition to that change, this week’s Take Cover Thursday focuses on a Beatles cover band Abbey Road. On 11/04/12, my bestie and I saw Abbey Road at one of our favorite venues, Saint Rocke. Saint Rocke is a smallish venue located in Hermosa Beach, California. The venue offers a full bar and a delicious menue. The lighting may not be so good for pictures, but the atmosphere is addicting.  When the show started, I was amused and happy to see that Abbey Road were dressed in a black suit and tie a la A Hard Day’s Night era. Abbey Road performed every song off of the A Hard Days Night album and brought the crowd to a different era through their renditions.

After their first set, Abbey Road took an intermission to change into spectacular Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band  costumes. The costumes and the set was by far my most favorite. Sgt. Peppers was always a favorite of mine, so I was thrilled to see Abbey Road cover a few songs off of the album.

Next, “John” did a solo performance of You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away  followed by “Paul” performing Yesterday.  With the solo’s done, Abbey Road had one set left. The Last set included costumes reminiscent of The White Album era.  The last set included performances of Back in the U.S.S.R. , and  Hey Jude.

Over all, the entire performances were really good.  As far as cover bands go, Abbey Road was one of the best that I have seen. Through their costumes, vocals, and instruments, Abbey Road was able to make the audience feel like they were almost watching the real thing. I feel the need, however, to mention that the night was bitter-sweet. While it was fun to listen to great music from a really good Beatles cover band, it was rather depressing to think about the fact that I will never experience an actual Beatles show. Sure, I have had this thought before, but it really hit me hard that night. While I can discover and listen to new covers of the Beatles song that I love the most, there will never be another new release or new concert from one of my favorite bands. The thought serves as a reminder that good music never truly dies. It can be lost or forgotten for a while, but it never dies. I am at least grateful that I am able to find and listen to pretty much any Beatles song 40 something years after the band ceased being a band. Not many great bands can boast the same.

Rachel

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