Friday night, why not spend it at Bethel Woods listening to the band Rain– a tribute to the Beatles? I am too young to have had the opportunity to see the Beatles live, but have grown up listening to their music and understanding they were icons in the music industry. In the 1960’s, these four young men from Liverpool, Paul, George, Ringo and John influenced the youth and changed our music. The Beatles songs were about peace, love and rebellion and they lasted for generations. The tribute band members began the show by singing “She Loves You,” followed by “Last Night I Said These Words to My Girl”. As they sang all time favorites they displayed memorable times and serious events in history on the screen – even bringing us back to 1966 comparing the Beatles to Jesus Christ and how the government was promoting the “Beatles boycott”. Leaving the stage to change costumes to remind the crowd of the 60’s and 70’s when the Beatles performed and produced their many different albums. Rain sang so many old time classics like “I want to Hold Your Hand”, “Yesterday,” “Help”, “Day Tripper”, “Twist and Shout”, “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, ”Yellow Submarine”, “With a Little Help From My Friend”, “Eleanor Rigby”, “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “Kaleidoscope”, “Let It Be”, and on and on. The crowd joined in, knowing lyrics to every song. Intermission left Beatle fans reminiscing over the old time commercials and cartoons portrayed on the screen; Country Cornflakes, Fred and Barney from the Flintstones smoking a Winston cigarette—showing us all how times have changed. Then a product all women in the 60’s were familiar with, Dippity Do Setting Gel and displaying how young women really did iron their hair to straighten it.There was three generations of fans in the audience, all being reminded of the musical mystery tour the Beatles originally took them on. With a little imagination, Rain brought us back to those special times over the past years as we enjoyed a Friday night at Bethel Woods, relaxing at the venue, remembering what was and singing some of our favorite songs of all times.
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