Australian tribute group The Beatles Boys are, from left, Michael Brady as Ringo Star, John Kater as Paul McCartney, Rod Auld as George Harrison and Christopher Lee Frazer as John Lennon.
Australian tribute group The Beatles Boys are, from left, Michael Brady as Ringo Star, John Kater as Paul McCartney, Rod Auld as George Harrison and Christopher Lee Frazer as John Lennon. Contributed

Best Beatles shows recreated in tribute concert

THE Beatles' Australian Tour of 1964 has been recreated for a 50th anniversary tour by The Fabulous Beatle Boys.

The Beatles 1964 world tour was The Beatles' first international tour, launched after their 1964 tour of the United Kingdom.

Their Australian and New Zealand leg of the tour included 16 shows in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch and Brisbane between June 12 and June 30, 1964.

The reception was enthusiastic, with The Spectator describing it as 'hysterical'.

Ringo Starr was hospitalised in the UK due to a bout of tonsillitis and Jimmie Nicol was temporarily hired to stand in for Ringo as a drummer for the shows from June 4 to June 13.

Ringo eventually rejoined the group in Melbourne and that gig provided the inspiration for part of the show coming to Lismore next month, band member John Kater, who impersonates Paul McCartney in the performance said.

"One aspect of the show is the recreation of the tour in Australia, especially the shows at the Festival Hall in Melbourne," he said.

"It was a high-energy gig and we recreated the costumes, the music and the banter in between.

"We give the audience the full experience of that time."

The first part of the show also revisits the 1965 Shea Stadium concert in New York by The Beatles, where the Australian band has also recreated the costumes, songs and the Beatles' behaviour on stage.

"All of the revelant costumes from those particular gigs are in the show," John Kater said.

"We even play the model of the instruments that they used back in 1964 and 1965.

"Including the talking in between (the songs), we recreated a perfect experience of those two years."

The second part of the show is a mix of the rest of the hits by the iconic band, although they're not played in chronological order.

"We do it in a way that celebrates their music, their writing and all these guys did," Kater said.

John Kater said the key to The Beatles' success was a certain maturity in the way they performed and wrote songs.

"All the things that us older folk are learning, they already had that in 1964, probably because they did a lot of gigs at a young age in rough joints where they were cutting their teeth."

"There was a lot of wisdom in the way they did music at such young age," he said.

In total, the show will include more than 40 songs played in a two-and-a-half-hour performance.

The Fabulous Beatle Boys have been performing their Beatles tribute shows for the last five years.

At the Lismore City Hall on July 4.

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