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Beatle Juice


Beatle Juice

April 10, 2004 @ Moseley’s on the Charles, Dedham

Chandaliers. A polite audience. No smoking.
Are you SURE this is a rock show?
From Joe Holaday’s left-handed Hofner bass to a stuffed walrus stage mascot, Beatle Juice did all they could to revive the spirits of one of the greatest Rock bands ever. And most of the time, they succeeded! Though a tour with his other band (i.e., Boston) and a week-long cold put a bit of wear on frontman Brad Delp’s pipes, in channeling the spirits of the Beatles, he was able to find the sound on most of the over 30 songs he and his fab four colleagues presented. Backed by the crisp backbeats of mono-nomened drum master Muzz and the synthesized supports of keyboardist/guitarist/tambourinist/vocalist Steve Baker, Beatle Juice took the appreciative Moseley’s crowd on a Magical Mystery Tour through one of the greatest catalogs of all time. “Good Day Sunshine” beat down brightly and “Nowhere Man” was fittingly strummy, thanks to guitar man Pete DiStefano, who also provided Sir Paul’s vocal harmonies on songs such as “The Ballad of John and Yoko.” “Rock and Roll Music” got the dance floor busy and most everyone stayed to slow dance to “In My Life.” “8 Days a Week” featured 28 strings and “Got to Get You Into My Life” was note-on, right down to the sampled horn section. And though most of the show was straight from the charts, the band put a little bit of their own personalities into many Beatles favorites- from a raunchy “Back in the U.S.S.R.” to an appropriately aggressive “Hey Bulldog.” The show also featured deeper tracks such as “Tell Me What You See,” which were sung along to as much as many of the A-sides. No matter what the song or the musical era being represented, the Beatle/Beatle Juice fans ate up every note, keeping both bands’ linked legacies alive right up to “The End.”

- Matthew S. Robinson
c. 2004, M. S. Robinson, ARR

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