Saturday, 24 March 2012
Caught Live: The Abbey Road Experience @ Lichfield 23/03/12
#324: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The Beatles' last recorded album "Abbey Road" [released on Friday 26th September 1969] is in many ways an enigma in and of itself - an example being the classic ballad "Something" followed by the quirky and dark "Maxwell's Silver Hammer". The whole LP was a tour de force of all the qualities that The Beatles espoused in their career. Yours truly KJS has been playing this classic recording in my car non-stop for the last few weeks in advance of my trip to see The Abbey Road Experience at The Feathers Inn at Lichfield, Staffordshire last night. And it was good preparation for this much anticipated gig. I travelled to foggy Lichfield with my good friend Pete Dicks from Beatles and Beyond Radio full of expectation and that expectation was not at all misplaced as this new project performed - almost note for note - the whole "Abbey Road" set superbly.
The first half of the show comprises the seventeen  songs that made up "Abbey Road" from "Come Together" through the "Abbey Road Medley" to "Her Majesty". Needless to say, it was extremely moving for this writer to hear, "Golden Slumbers" and "Carry That Weight" live for the first time. The second half of the show saw this talented band cover more Beatles classics, mainly from "Rubber Soul" onwards. From "Get Back" to "Across The Universe" to "In My Life" to "The Long And Winding Road" to "If I Needed Someone" to "Let It Be" and "Hey Jude" ... the band produced a phenomenal and professional suite of songs to have the whole audience totally engaged and wildly appreciative. A bostin' Beatles gig indeed!
The Abbey Road Experience were: Chris Brighton [Guitar/Vox], Phil Bates [Guitar/Keys/Vox], Derek Holt [Bass/Keys/Vox], Steve James [Drums/Percussion/Vox] as well as Pete Hughes [Keys/Percussion] and they'll be back playing more gigs (including a date at The Robin 2) later this year. We look forward to seeing this great new live band grow and develop. Find out more about The Abbey Road Experience via their official web site thus: