Bea­tles trib­ute band to grace con­cert

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - DAVID HULME

It would be fair to say that af­ter more than two decades on stage, the leg­endary sound of the Bea­tles cour­ses through Thames-based mu­si­cian Tim Arm­strong.

Arm­strong and his Bea­tles Trib­ute band will be play­ing in Mata­mata on Fe­bru­ary 21 as part of Ro­tary Mata­mata’s se­cond Con­cert by the Lake event on a spe­cially-built pon­toon, along with Tau­ranga Blues and Jazz band Kokomo, Kiwi songstress Jamie McDell and lo­cal gui­tar tal­ent Bryan Rawiri.

So af­ter 25 years of gig­ging with the Abbey Road New Zealand Bea­tles show, why does Arm­strong think the Bea­tles mu­sic re­mains as pop­u­lar to­day as it was in the 1970s?

‘‘They (the Bea­tles) re­ally were in the right place at the right time and a lot of their pop­u­lar­ity was be­cause they played sim­ple stuff but then they moved through the phases and changed their style.

‘‘There was a phase when the Bea­tles were not as pop­u­lar but when John Len­non died, the trib­ute shows be­gan and in a way the mu­sic started to be­come pop­u­lar again.

‘‘In many ways the mu­sic is more pop­u­lar than ever now,’’ Arm­strong says.

‘‘Now it is hard to imag­ine the world with­out the Bea­tles.’’

The Abbey Road show has toured the coun­try, play­ing at the Air Force Mu­seum in Christchurch amongst the planes, for the World Row­ing Cham­pi­onships and the Net­ball Fast 5s in Auck­land.

In 2014 and 2015, Arm­strong played along­side the leg­endary sax­o­phon­ist Howie Casey (from Wings fame) and spent time in Ger­many, on stage with Casey in many of the for­mer haunts of the Bea­tles.

‘‘It was great to hear some of the sto­ries as­so­ci­ated with the Bea­tles there as well,’’ he says. ‘‘I’ve been a fan of the mu­sic my­self since I was 11 and saw A Hard Day’s Night – in those days just own­ing a gui­tar was a big deal but it opened up a com­pletely dif­fer­ent world to me.’’

And that open­ing re­mains Arm­strong’s pas­sion, and his job, more than 40 years on.

Tick­ets for Con­cert by the Lake can be pur­chased from Colour­plus, Pa­per Plus and Mitre 10 in town and cost $45 each. The show is on Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 21 from 1pm to 6pm.

Tim Arm­strong and his Bea­tles Trib­ute band play in Mata­mata on Fe­bru­ary 21.

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