The Beatles White Album is one of the most successful Beatles events ever staged in Australia and it’s coming to Brisbane for The 50th Anniversary Concert in July.
Following two sold-out tours, in 2009 and 2014, Chris Cheney (The Living End), Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon), Tim Rogers (You Am I), and ARIA Award-winning solo artist Josh Pyke are reuniting for a special 2018 tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ White Album.
Chris, Phil, Josh and Tim will perform the White Album from start to finish – with a few surprises along the way – playing at some of Australia’s finest venues. They are backed by a 17-piece rock orchestra, led by musical director Rex Goh, with guitars, strings, horns and two drummers.
“I come from a three-piece band, that’s what I’ve done since high school, so it’s such a thrill to be on stage with so many people,” says Chris, The Living End’s singer and guitarist. “The great thing about The White Album Concert is it’s a big, powerful rock show. Even though it’s at venues like the Opera House, it’s not tame. The band really belts it out. It’s incredible to be standing in front of that force.”
Released on November 22, 1968, The Beatles’ self-titled ninth studio album became known as the White Album due to its distinctive plain white cover. It spent 16 weeks at number one in Australia.
Opening with Paul’s ‘Back In The U.S.S.R’ and concluding with ‘Good Night’, sung by Ringo, the 30-song White Album features classics such as ‘Helter Skelter’, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, ‘Blackbird’, ‘Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?’, ‘Glass Onion’, ‘Birthday’ and ‘Revolution 1’.
Chris, Phil, Josh and Tim stress that they’re not imitating John, Paul, George and Ringo. This is a celebration, not a tribute band.
“We’re bringing what we do in our own bands and our own careers to the show,” Chris explains. “This is not us pretending to be The Beatles.”
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