BEATLES STILL IN THE PINK
The Beatles supported Pink Floyd in concert – sort of. Musical history has not been rewritten, instead, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour used tribute band The Bootleg Beatles to make a room full of rock stars laugh.
Andre Barreau, aka George Harrison in the Bootleg Beatles, remembers being invited to play by Gilmour as part of his elaborate joke.
“I won't even go into the rock royalty that was there,” Barreau says.
“It was his (Gilmour's) gag really because he also hired the Australian Pink Floyd and his gag was that The Beatles would support Pink Floyd, which never happened in history.
“And so we did the first part of the evening's entertainment and then the Australian Pink Floyd performed, with three members of the real Pink Floyd playing with them,” Barreau says.
One of the guests at the party was George Harrison.
“That was his joke: The Beatles supported Pink Floyd and it happened in front of George Harrison.”
More notably for Barreau, this was one of two times in his 34 years in The Bootleg Beatles that he got to play for a real Beatle. The Harrison impersonator says he also performed for Paul McCartney for the Queen's golden jubilee in 2002 and describes the frontman as “charming”.
The Bootleg Beatles have performed more than 5000 shows worldwide and will shortly be coming to Australia to mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' trip Down Under.
The band will perform the Beatles repertoire in chronological order, something Barreau says “works brilliantly”.
“We start off and it's very simple, stark. We wear grey suits and there's simple lighting.
“Then things get more complex and involved and we bring out an orchestra and play songs The Beatles didn't play live ever like Strawberry Fields or I am the Walrus,” Barreau says.
The Bootleg Beatles have now been going longer than the actual Beatles did.
The Bootleg Beatles play Twin Towns on June 13.
The Bootleg Beatles.