Anointed by Fab Four
had the daunting task of playing The Beatles’ hits in front of the remaining Beatles members which was ‘‘more frightening’’ than playing in front of the Queen of England – for whom they have also performed. Now the UK’S Bootleg Beatles are touring Australia for the first time, with a show at Twin Towns on Saturday. Andre Barreau, who plays George Harrison in the tribute concert, says after playing at a private party for his idol – as well as other stars including Mick Jagger, Pink Floyd and Kate Bush – he received the ultimate compliment. ‘‘George Harrison said I probably knew the chords to The Beatles’ songs better than he did,’’ he says. ‘‘We talked on and off for hours and he gave me great feedback which was amazing. That was much more frightening than playing in front of the Queen.’’ Barreau was humbled by Harrison’s positive attitude, calling him ‘‘friendly’’ and ‘‘welcoming’’. ‘‘When you are that successful, you don’t need to be snobby because you already value your worth,’’ he says. ‘‘He had the time of day for me and it never felt like I was imposing.’’ The Bootleg Beatles were also head-hunted by rockers Oasis to support them on tour and joined them to perform The Beatles’ hit I Am the Walrus,’’ Barreau says. The concert will feature The Bootleg Beatles performing their authentic renditions of the greatest songs from the entire Beatles catalogue. They faithfully recreate many of the hits The Beatles never performed live. Formed from the West End cast of the Broadway musical Beatlemania, The Bootleg Beatles’ career began in 1980 – almost 10 years to the day since Paul Mccartney announced The Beatles had split. It is the stunning authenticity of the Bootleg’s concerts, coupled with their musical credibility, which has seen the Bootleg Beatles play venues such as Wembley Stadium, Glastonbury, Earl’s Court and Knebworth, sharing the bill with Rod Stewart, Elton John, David Bowie, Bon Jovi, Simple Minds, Seal and Iggy Pop and playing more than 4000 shows worldwide.
The Bootleg Beatles were praised by the late George Harrison.