Anointed by Fab Four

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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.

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