Beatles Tribute Band formed in 1997. The band has a uniquely
authentic Beatles sound that is often hard to tell from the original.
Digger talked with founder and John Lennon sound-alike Martin Reynolds about his love of
The Beatles and the background to the band.
Beatles Tribute Band -
A splendid time is guaranteed for all!
Digger: What is
your background and can you explain your passion for The
I was born in Greenwich, London (at a very early age!) My
mother was a huge Beatles fan and bought all the records which
she frequently played. And so I grew up with The Beatles as
part of my stable diet.
Digger: Can you
tell us how The Beatles Tribute Band started and how it has
evolved into what it is today?
It had always been a dream of mine to put together some sort
of Beatles act, particularly after I first saw The Bootleg
Beatles in concert (who I can't praise enough). My first
project was The Counterfeit Beatles. I came up with the idea
and the name and recruited the members. After a brief success
the original band split. I reformed the band with the drummer
and guitarist and then changed the name to The Beatles Tribute
Band to avoid any conflict of interest. Since then, the band
has gone from strength to strength performing successfully
around the globe as well as the UK.
Digger: Why are
retro and nostalgia so popular in so many people's lives?
personally feel that the 90's through to the present has
largely been a waste of time musically, with very little
original talent coming through. And I think to hear anything
of real value one has to journey back to the 60's where you
had not only the best music ever, but also fantastic dress
fashions which complemented the music. I think the likes
of Oasis and Paul Weller etc. have helped guide a fair
percentage of the younger generation back toward the golden era. This,
coupled with the fact that the older people still look back
with affection as they have never seen that music bettered (and
it hold great memories for them,) must surely be the key to
the current resurgence.
Digger: How do
you manage to achieve such an authentic sound?
Ever since I was a teenager and first started gigging I have
been constantly told that I sound like John Lennon. Even when
I have purposely tried not too i.e when recording my own songs
I can't escape the stigma. As I said before it's the main
reason i do it - It's the only thing I'm good at Ha ha! (he
says modestly)... Which is why I sometimes get frustrated with
many of the newer Beatles bands. I noticed that they are not
usually good soundalikes, but merely good singers that wear
wigs and play guitars in an effort to copy what we do.....but
badly!! I would suspect they are merely jumping on the
bandwagon for the sake of it rather than the love of it.
Getting back to the specifics of sound. Aside from the vocal aspects, the
reason that we are able to recreate with astounding accuracy
is partly due to us using the same amplifiers (Vox AC30's) and
the same instruments that the boys used. This helps
tremendously, coupled with the fact that we play every note
and every beat in exactly the same way that the songs were
originally played. From the offset, we spent days, weeks,
months studying records and videos in order to study
everything including the body movements in order to get
everything near spot on.
What are the audiences like and what audience/customer
feedback do you get?
Martin: Beatle fan audiences are a pleasure to perform to. They
are always well behaved and they really know how to enjoy themselves. The
atmosphere at most shows is usually electric and we get a real
high when it is. We're regularly asked for our autographs. One
time an American insisted that I sign a twenty pound note as
John Lennon! Some of them really believe it to the extreme. I
remember when we toured Turkey a couple of years ago one girl
asked us "are you the real Beatles?" - bless her!
Great country though, it was amazing out there. They had
billboards that must have been 30 feet high with our picture
are the best aspects of running The Beatles Tribute Band ?
I get an extra ten percent!!
much variety are you able to inject into the playlist?
We tend to stick mainly with the early songs up to 1966 when
the Beatles were still a touring band with the lovable moptop image. Although
we usually put in Hey Jude at the end.
are your plans for The Beatles Tribute Band in the future?
We're in negotiations with an A and R producer in New York to
record some Beatle soundalike soundtracks for American TV.
There's also talk of a possible Spanish tour next year.
The Beatles Tribute Band,
featuring Martin Reynolds as John Lennon, have been
performing to ecstatic audiences since they formed in
Having played at leading
venues in the UK and overseas they are now recognised
as one of the premier Beatles tribute bands in the UK.
The boys reproduce all the
songs with astounding accuracy to the point where it
becomes impossible to distinguish the sound from the
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