BEA­TLES STILL IN THE PINK

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY LIVE & LOUD -

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.

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