Unless you’ve been living under a rock this year, you already know that 2014 is the 5oth anniversary of The Beatles’ appearance on Ed Sullivan. I begged my parents to let me stay up and watch the show — and they agreed. (Kids went to bed earlier in those days.)
It was a thrill! Most everybody on my block was already a Beatles fan and the next day, we were utterly devoted. We all started saving up for the next record. Being the 5oth anniversary of what CBS billed as “The Night That Changed America”, you’ve also probably seen lots of Beatles tribute bands playing around. Next Friday (April 25), Top area musicians come together (yes, pun intended) to help raise money for Gloucester’s UU Meetinghouse as The Number Nines — but this is no tribute band. Rather, it’s three top Gloucester singer/songwriters: 3rian King, Chelsea Berry and Renée Dupuis, joined by Boston‐based multi‐instrumentalist Meff and guitarist Brendan Burns with Gloucester’s favorite rhythm section: Dennis Monagle and Joe Cardoza. They’ll perform their own originals plus fresh takes on The Beatles, like this soulful interpretation of “I Want To Hold Your Hand” featuring Chelsea Berry on vocals:
So, we can all agree that The Beatles are the greatest rock band ever, right? “Not so fast,” quips Vickie. “What about Jimi Hendrix?”
“What about him?” I reply.
“You’re always saying he’s the greatest rock guitar player, who ever lived.”
“Well, of course he is.” [Here’s one of my Hendrix favorites]
“So how can The Beatles be the best rock band ever?”
“Oh come on. I can’t choose between The Beatles and Hendrix!”
So the next night, April 26, our friend Jon Butcher is bringing his powerful new show, The Jon Butcher Axis: Celebrating the Music of Jimi Hendrix to the Larcom Theatre for their Boston area debut. Check out Jon’s version of another one of my favorite Hendrix tunes:
I’ll be at both. You can be too. You don’t have to choose.