Rain – A Tribute to The Beatles Captivates Fans at the Pembroke Pines City Center.
If there is one quintessential tribute to The Beatles it’s RAIN. Spanning the entirety of the greatest rock band of all time’s musical experience, RAIN takes us on their journey one hit at a time. Whether you prefer the Fab Four’s early hits, I Saw Her Standing There, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, From Me to You or their progressive classics, Eleanor Rigby, Hey Jude and Revolution, RAIN has a show for everyone.
The RAIN experience is not merely a karaoke tribute. They pull out all the stops making sure everyone in the audience is transported back to the sights and sounds of the sixties and early seventies. With multiple screens, news footage and photos from that era, the show reminds us where we’ve been and how far we need to go. That is the subtle commentary of the evenings performance. The band itself really is a mirror of the Fab Four. It’s uncanny. Aaron Chiazza (Ringo Starr, Drums, Percussion, Vocals), Steve Landes (John Lennon, Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Piano, Harmonica), Paul Curatolo (Paul McCartney, Vocals, bass, piano, guitar), Alastar McNeil (George Harrison, vocals, lead guitar) have the mannerisms of John, Paul, George and Ringo down to a T. Their musicianship and vocal prowess is as close as you’re going to get to the real thing. On keyboards and percussion is Mark Beyer whom adds a wonderful dimension to the sound of the show.
This evening in Pembroke Pines is the opening night of an over 50 city tour. The beginning of the show starts at, well the beginning. The Beatles in their smart suits, skinny ties, and infamous Beatle boots, then transformed into the more mod rockers of the day. RAIN performed a series of early Beatle hits. She Loves You, Please Please Me, From Me to You, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, A Hard Day’s Night (McCartney’s opening number in his solo concert from last year), If I Fell, I’m Happy Just To Dance With You, Yesterday, Ticket To Ride, I Feel Fine, Day Tripper, Twist and Shout (had the entire audience on their feet) Got To Get You Into My Life, Eleanor Rigby, Drive My Car, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-da, and many more. One of the most stirring performances of the evening came with While My Guitar Gently Weeps. The arrangement of the song was truly striking as George (Alastar McNeil) gave a solo performance well worth his standing ovation.
The second part of tonight’s performance had an added spark as we celebrated the 50th Anniversary release of the legendary Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. RAIN performed the album in its entirety, which is something that’s never been experienced before. The set was nothing short of pure perfection. True to life costumes from the Sgt. Pepper album cover added to the already psychedelic atmosphere. Along with the Sgt. Pepper material, no RAIN show would be complete without Here Comes the Sun, Give Peace A Chance, Get Back, Revolution, and the cherry on top of my caramel sundae, The End from The Beatles classic Abbey Road. The night came to a close with a rousing encore sing-a-long of Hey Jude.
From their first note to the last (2 hours 40 minutes run time) RAIN captivated and celebrated the group we all love, have grown up with and has filled the soundtrack of our lives. RAIN – A Tribute to The Beatles is a must see for all. It is a show, a performance, a concert, and a rocking good time all rolled into one.