A Hard Day’s Night, a Beatles tribute band, performed at the Pearson Lakes Art Center Friday night but there was nothing hard about the experience … except finding parking.
The show was sold out as Beatles fans flocked into the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre ready to rock 'n' roll that evening. The group didn’t disappoint fans of iconic music from the '60s, '70s and beyond.
Jeff Boxell played John Lennon’s portion of the music, Joe Covert did Paul McCartney, Aron Helm was George Harrison and Kevin Fransen did Ringo’s drums with a bubbly persona. For some reason, Boxell chewed gum through the entire two hours. Covert may have been struggling with throat problems with all this flu that is going around. He seemed to struggle with the high notes. They all spoke with a British accent and obviously enjoy performing Beatles music.
I admired Helm’s ability to hop and skip all over that stage the entire night. He should have been exhausted by the end of the show.
They started off with "Twist and Shout" to really get the adrenaline flowing and we were quickly into one of the rare live musical performances where you knew all the words to all the songs.
Their harmony on "Ticket To Ride" was well done. Covert narrated most of the show and chose to bring us the songs we all love in somewhat the order they were released by the famous quartet of Brits.
We all clapped to the rhythm of "Day Tripper" and very much appreciated Fransen’s Ringo version of Buck Owens' "Make Me A Big Star."
A young man named Dan joined the four on stage to fill in Billy Proctor’s role on keyboards. He was very talented and added much to the show.
Following intermission, the group returned in costumes of the Sgt. Pepper era of Beatles music. The bright, shiny satin in lime green (John), orange (George), blue (Paul) and pink (Ringo) certainly brought much color to the stage. It was amazing to me that ‘John’ could walk in those incredible shoes he wore!
The audience had a great time waving the lights on their cell phones in time to "Let It Be." We sang along with loud enthusiasm to "Yellow Submarine" and "Life Goes On."
We enjoyed the Abbey Road tunes and really wanted to hear "Here Comes The Sun." It was well done.
The sold-out audience gave "A Hard Day’s Night" a long standing ovation and were treated to the Happy Birthday ditty as an encore to a great evening of music well performed.