Beatlez set to rock Tunes on the Track

Dubbo Photo News - - Emergency Issues - By YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY

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

Spe­cial pack­ages:

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. dub­bo­tur­f­

Mel­bourne trib­ute band The Beatlez took 15 years to source vin­tage in­stru­ments to achieve an authen­tic Bea­tles sound. PHOTO: THE BEATLEZ

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