Beatles soundalikes to play at Glasgow Square this weekend
NEW GLASGOW – Although the opportunity to see The Beatles live in concert has long since passed, Pictou County can see the next best thing on Saturday.
Replay, a Beatles tribute band will be performing Saturday at the Glasgow Square Theatre.
REPLAY The Beatles will be taking over the stage at Glasgow Square on Saturday and supplying concertgoers with the authentic ’60s sound.
“We want to create the experience that people are watching The Beatles without actually saying we are them,” manager and guitarist John Oriettas said.
Oriettas takes on the persona of Paul McCartney when the band performs. He refers to his bandmates by their personas, but he said they don’t speak as though they wrote the songs they play.
They’ve all been performing since the 1970s, but only formed The Beatles tribute band in 2002.
“It was because of The Beatles we all became musicians,” Oriettas said about why they wanted to start the group.
All of the band members grew up listening to The Beatles when they were still performing. The effect the iconic band had on the four men exudes when they perform and Oriettas thinks this is what sets them apart from other tribute bands.
He said they pay close attention to music and costume details, but that any band can do that. It’s their passion and the joy they get from playing hits like ‘She Loves You’ or ‘Yesterday’ that makes them stand out.
“The Beatles wrote music that will last forever.”
After decades, they continue to influence people and Oriettas said it’s because they have a unique energy.
REPLAY The Beatles was started as a way to play the songs they really enjoyed and it quickly snowballed from there. They were expecting to play five to 10 shows a year. Instead, they play from 35 to 40.
“It’s taken us to places we never imagined.”
The Montreal-based group has toured all over Canada, the United States and internationally.
“We’re very excited to present one of the best tributes around to the most famous rock and roll band of all,” said Carlton Munroe, New Glasgow’s programs and events manager, in a release.
“From the costumes, to the instruments to the songs themselves – REPLAY The Beatles will bring everyone back down memory lane, and Penny Lane as well.”
They often play their shows in two sets. The first set is from the early years, playing classics from albums such as HELP! and A Hard Day’s Night. The second set dives into the studio albums that were never performed live by the band such as Let It Be and Abbey Road.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
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