For one night and one night only, Beatlemania returned to DeKalb as Beatles tribute band, the Liverpool Legends, performed at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., Saturday.
Taking audience members through the expansive discography of The Beatles, the Liverpool Legends performed numerous hits, all in chronological order of their original releases. With a setlist that operated like a time machine, the Liverpool Legends put on more than just a concert.
Opening their show with “Please Please Me” and closing with “Hey Jude” as the encore, the Liverpool Legends put on a production complete with costume changes and plenty of laughs. The group did not shy away from audience participation, calling on the crowd to clap, dance and sing along to several of the songs.
Dave Tanner and Kevin Mantegna, who perform as coveted duo Paul McCartney and John Lennon, echoed the legends themselves as their voices filled the theater. Marty Scott and John Perrin, performing as George Harrison and Ringo Starr, were no exception to this replication as they plowed through songs like “Here Comes the Sun” and “Yellow Submarine.”
The Fab Four had a little help from their friend, Bob Dobro, whom they referred to as the “fifth Beatle.” Dobro, whose hands cascaded over his keyboard of sounds, provided many of the key instrumentations which make the hits of The Beatles so playful. One of Dobro’s shining moments was found in the iconic introduction to “All You Need is Love,” a song which would have been left with a void if not for his part.
Capturing the harmonies and playful nature of The Beatles to a tee, the Liverpool Legends hit all the right notes, both literally and metaphorically. Their collection of songs from the 1967 album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” was by far the most breathtaking era of their performance, a difficult feat considering the iconic nature and unique vocals found on the album.
The incredible quality about the group goes beyond musical talent however as they seem to carry the soul of The Beatles with them as if it is as tangible a thing as their guitars.
Tanner, staying true to character, proudly hoisted his Hofner bass in his left hand, just as McCartney can be found doing at any number of his shows. Mantegna, whose roll may be the hardest taking on the mystery of Lennon, behaved as if he was a puppet dangling from strings with Lennon himself as the puppet master above.
The childish and goofy nature of Starr is ever present with Perrin who captured the drummer’s unique style and voice. Scott’s rendition of Harrison is far too memorable to make him the forgotten Beatle.
With props like bubbles and megaphones and a production packed with audience participation, the Liverpool Legends do more than simply play the music—they deliver the lovable nature The Beatles became known for, capturing more of the true meaning behind their music than is imaginable.