Beatlez set to rock Tunes on the Track
FOR the impact The Beatles had on the world, they weren’t together for very long, yet their music, image and brand spawned an ongoing legacy of love and adoration, giving rise to tribute bands, like Melbourne group The Beatlez.
The Beatlez have spent over 10 years building a professional, visually and sonically accurate Beatles experience, making them Australia’s most entertaining Beatles tribute band, and they’re headed to Dubbo this month.
“We’re absolutely looking forward to coming up. We’ve never been there and are absolutely pumped to have the opportunity to play outside of Victoria,” Beatlez member Scott Mccarthy told
Scott performs in the role of John Lennon.
“We’d all been in different bands before, basically doing the original circuit and there’s not a lot of money in that. We’re four Beatles ‘tragics’, and a lot of us had the equipment to begin so we decided to do a Beatles Tribute.
“All our guitars, amplification and drums were new back then, and now they’re vintage, so it’s really hard to recreate the Beatles authentic sound. It’s taken us about 15 years and it’s been very hard to source, but all our instruments are vintage,” Mr Mccarthy said.
Scott plays all the same guitars as Lennon played in The Beatles including the famous black Rickenbacker 325V64, the Gibson J160E acoustic and the Sunburst Epiphone Casino.
“All our vocals are the result of a lot of practice to sound like them. The Beatles were big on harmonies and we had to work out who could do what harmony to match.”
During the Dubbo show, the group will perform songs from two distinct Beatles eras.
“Our usual show has 80 songs in it but for the Dubbo Show we’ll be doing the early Beatles era from 1962 to 1966, and then the Sergeant Pepper era from 1967 to 1969,” he said.
The Beatles are known as much for their music as their fashion, and patrons at the Tunes on the Track will hopefully dress accordingly.
“The Beatles still have a lot of currency today because of their fashion. It’s one of their greatest legacies. When they started out there was a lot of clean-cut American stuff around.
“They started out in suits and changed many times with the time. In the ‘60s they got into the flower power and long hair and beards. Their look was changing along with the times. Their timing was right.”
The Beatlez are Scott Mccarthy (John Lennon), Ben King (Paul Mccartney), Michael Burke (George Harrison) and Dan Slater (Ringo Starr).
The Breakaways will also be starring on stage ensuring it will be a night of entertainment. The Breakaways are a premium Sydney-based cover band that’s guaranteed to liven up the event by belting out those timeless rock and pop classics from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, and now.
See them at Tunes on the Track, Dubbo Turf Club, on Saturday, January 19.
Tunes on the Track
Dubbo Turf Club
Saturday, January 19, 4.30pm to 10.30pm
Main act: The Beatlez. Support: The Breakaways
Tickets: Family (2+2): $70, Adult: $30, Child Concession (6-17 years): $10
1. First release – Tunes Party Pack: $60 (18+ Only, Gate Entry, Reserved Misted Area on the XXXX Deck, 1 x Drink on Arrival, Tunes on the Track Stubbie Holder).
2. First release – Indoor VIP Package: $70 (18+ Only, Gate Entry, Glassed Air-conditioned Area, Private Balcony Access, Private Bar, Shared Canape Platters)
20 x Bus pickup points across the city, starting from 3.30pm, then at 15-minute intervals. Download map from www. dubboturfclub.com.au
Melbourne tribute band The Beatlez took 15 years to source vintage instruments to achieve an authentic Beatles sound. PHOTO: THE BEATLEZ