BeatleManiacs bring Beatlemania to town

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Friday night’s BeatleManiacs show knocked one out of the park for the Morinville Community Cultural Centre. After several excellent concerts with minimal attendance, BeatleManiacs hit the right nostalgic note, one that resonated with more than 200 ticket holders coming out to see the next closest thing to the Fab Four.

Although the group, dressed in mop tops, offered up classic Beatles’ tunes like I Want to Hold Your Hand or I Feel Fine, BeatleManiacs delivered much more, a Beatles experience no one ever experienced with the Beatles.

The first half of the concert traced the band’s catalogue, offering the audience the opportunity to see songs performed that the Beatles never performed live. While a strong part of the show, the real magic was the second act, a set in which concert goers got to see Harrison, Lennon, McCartney and Starr as they looked and sounded in their solo careers but reunited as the Beatles.

Seeing a ringer for John Lennon, dressed in his military fatigues, accompanying a post-Beatle’s McCartney in the power of Live and Let Die or the foursome performing My Sweet Lord and Imagine as a band is what separates BeatleManiacs from most Beatle’s tribute acts. In performing that catalogue of solo material, the group gives their audience the reunion concert Beatles fans longed for but never got.

It was a formula that had a room of 200 dancing in the aisles and calling for two encores from the band.

The Morinville Community Cultural Centre’s next concert is country singer Brett Kissel who takes to the stage Nov. 23. Info is available at



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