By Steven Lieberman
During the season-opening concert on Saturday at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank, I closed my eyes and listened to The Fab Four sing a Beatles song and thought that the boys from Liverpool had transported themselves back from the '60's. That's how accurate and authentic their sound is – arguably the world's best Beatles tribute band.
It's the 50th anniversary of the Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, so it was apropos that The Fab Four brought along their own "Ed" to introduce and interact with the band. He was like Ed McMahon was to Johnny Carson – trading jokes with the band at different intervals during the performance.
When my eyes were open, I saw four lads on stage that also closely resembled the Beatles – John (Tyson Kelly), Paul (Andy Sarraf), George (Gavin Pring), and Ringo (Erik Fidel)...and Ed (Jerry Hoban).
Band founder, Ron McNeil (John), was not in attendance.
The show included three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles career, which included their Sgt. Pepper "uniforms" and John all decked out in white singing "Imagine."
Even when the band members were chatting in-between songs with the audience did they sound like the Beatles.
Here's what The Fab Four had to say about their experience, taken from their Facebook page.
"The Starlight Bowl in Burbank is one of the best outdoor summer venues that we perform in...and every year, regardless of the weather or the traffic, we always get a great crowd."
They usually are on the summer concert lineup every year at "The Bowl."
Each song they played did not disappoint. Especially the song "A Day In The Life" which seemed to put the crowd in a very good mood. Everybody had a smile on their face.
Other notable songs were "Hard Day's Night," "Something," "Twist And
Shout," "Here Comes The Sun," and "I Want To Hold Your Hand," among many other great hits.
For more information about the Starlight Bowl's summer concert series, go to www.starlightbowl.com.