The Impostors pay tribute to Beatles’ music at ‘Free Fridays’
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 12:07 p.m.
As a band known for playing Beatles songs, The Impostors has gotten by with a little help from their friends for 29 years now. And on Friday, as the members roll back to the Bo Diddley Community Plaza for their annual “Free Fridays” concert, they want you (in a heavy way) to sing-along and take a trip down some musical lanes they’ve never ventured to before.
What: Gainesville Beatles-tribute band performs at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series
When: 8-10 p.m. Friday
Where: Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Blvd.
To wit: Those who remember last year’s Impostors show for its rendition of side two of “Abbey Road” can expect Friday’s visit to include the song that closed side one of the famed 1969 album: “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).”
“That’s the big one we’ve been working on,” says Ron Thomas, bassist/vocalist with The Impostors, about the song famous for its minimalist John Lennon lyrics and cascading guitar riff that gets heavier as the song goes on. “But there are several others, some from the early part of The Beatles’ career, and another one from the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ era, ‘Penny Lane,’ which we’ve never done before.”
As Impostors singer/guitarist Mike Boulware also points out, the effervescent “Penny Lane” was recorded during sessions for “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” but ended up on the 1967 album, “Magical Mystery Tour.”
As Thomas says, The Impostors typically work up some new Beatles songs the band has never played before for its annual trip to the plaza. And Friday’s show is also set to include such first-time performances by the group as “And Your Bird Can Sing” (from “Revolver”) and “Hey Bulldog,” from the 1969 album, “Yellow Submarine.
Two songs from 1963 also will show up in Friday’s set — “Hold Me Tight” and “I’ll Get You” — as will as the “Sgt. Pepper” tune, “She’s Leaving Home,” Boulware says.
“That’s a pretty, technically, difficult song [to play],” Boulware says about the tune, which was written by Paul McCartney and stands out on the “Sgt. Pepper” album in part because of its arrangement of shimmering harp and pulsating strings.
“I’ve always loved that song,” Boulware says. “The harp was all through that, so we’re doing some things with the guitars to approximate the harp. And we’ve done kind of a new vocal treatment on it that they never did, which I think is going to be really beautiful.”
Along with such uptempo rockers as “Lady Madonna,” “Revolution” and “Birthday,” Friday’s free performance also will include some perennial favorites delivered as sing-alongs — “Hey Jude,” “Let It Be” and “With a Little Help From My Friends,” Boulware says.
“It’s a sing-along thing this time,” he says. “We want everybody to come up and sing because that’s what we notice [in the crowd]. Even the grand kids or people who weren’t even born yet when The Beatles were still a band; they know all the words. So that’s what it’s all about; just love this music and come and share it with us.”
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