Beatles vs Stones (Abbey Road vs Satisfaction): A Musical Showdown

October 25, 2018 - 9:00pm

On Thursday, October 25, the Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes to the WOW Hall the ultimate Battle of the Bands: Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown featuring Abbey Road and Satisfaction - The International Rolling Stones Show.

The British Invasion brought us the two most popular rock groups of all time, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, as well as the liveliest debate in rock history - which band is the greatest?  Now the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time face off in a showdown of hits.

Taking the side of the Fab Four is Abbey Road, one of the country’s top Beatles tribute bands.  With brilliant musicianship and authentic costumes and gear, Abbey Road plays beloved songs spanning the Beatles' career.  They go up against the premier Stones tribute band Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show, who offer a faithful rendition of the music and style of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the bad boys of the British Invasion. 

Beatles vs. Stones features alternating power sets with the two bands coming together on stage for an amazing encore.  The nationally touring show recently concluded a three-month residency at the Harrah’s Reno showroom and a two-month residency at the Harrah’s Laughlin showroom.

For decades, the battle has raged: Beatles or Stones?  Through their heyday, fans accused London’s Rolling Stones of stealing ideas -- even entire albums – from their Liverpool counterparts. At the same time, the Beatles secretly envied the Stones’ “bad boy” image and attitude, often copying their style.  

Both bands are unmistakably great, scoring an array of hits that changed musical history, but only one can be the best.  The most infamous rivalry in rock and roll never played out in a public arena until now as Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown performs at the WOW Hall.

While fierce competition fueled the creative output of both bands during the 1960’s, tension between the tribute performers is equally palpable.  

“The Beatles cornered the rock market on cute suits and fluffy hairdos, but then they stood still on stage and modeled them,” that according to Chris LeGrand, who plays a dead ringer for Mick Jagger in both swagger and ability.

“The Stones rocked the stage, and worked as hard as the bluesmen they modeled their stage show after, generating the smoldering sexuality that came to be a hallmark of great rock-n-roll acts.  The Beatles?  Well, they were cute!  The Stones were the original punks, outsiders at best.  Beatles took tea with the bloody Queen -- how rock-n-roll is that?!”  

As for the Beatle response? "We got our Sgt. Pepper jackets made a little long so the Stones would have no problem riding our coattails," mocks drummer Axel Clarke as Ringo.  "That Mick Jagger sure can move! It's a shame he has to work twice as hard to be half as good!"  

Whoever wins, the audience is sure to be dazzled by an “electrifying show” (O.C Register), with fantastic music, iconic wardrobe and spot on performances down to the onstage banter, missed notes and flubs heard on the original records.  



 ABOUT ABBEY ROAD

 

With their tight harmonies, flawless note for note renditions of Beatles hits, custom–tailored costumes, vintage instruments, Liverpudlian dialect and precise attention to every detail, Abbey Road has honed their show to become one of the most musically and visually satisfying Beatle tribute acts in the world. Abbey Road recreates the magic, music, wit and charm of The Beatles, including the Fab Four’s cheeky personalities, familiar onstage banter and patter between songs.

Three costume changes cover the full range of the Beatle experience and beyond, with authentic early black Beatle suits, Sgt. Pepper’s regalia and Abbey Road attire.

The band members are:

Nate Bott ("John") studied classical voice music theory and cello as a child and started playing rock n roll at age 15. Nate released five albums independently and was signed to Atlantic Records with his band, Big City Rock. He toured the country with his original band. Nate is a lifelong Beatles fan.

Chris Paul Overall (“Paul”) is a Long Beach based critically acclaimed singer/songwriter. With a vocal range that easily tops four octaves, his melodic, hook-driven songs and narrative lyrics, “CPO” has become one of Southern California's premier artists.

Chris was the lead singer of Orange County award-winning band Wonderlove. He played guitar and keys for Sony/Columbia artist Sara Overall and fronted Johnny Vatos’ Boingo Dance Party featuring former members of Oingo Boingo before playing the role of “Paul”.

Zak Schaffer (“George”) has been a fixture on the Los Angeles music scene for over a decade as a multi-instrumentalist. The UC Berkeley graduate has toured with Pete Yorn and Minnie Driver.

Zak first heard “Roll Over Beethoven” at the age of eight has been a die-hard Beatles fan ever since.  Last year, he recorded his second album, Part Of Your Collection, playing every note and completing it in a week

Axel Clarke (“Ringo”) teaches high school by day, but at night he slips on a wig and a Liverpudlian accent and plays “Ringo.” Axel holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in percussion performance from Cal State Long Beach.  Axel endorses Zildjian cymbals, Yamaha instruments, Evans heads, and Innovative sticks.

The Abbey Road band members portray the Beatles in an award-winning, nationally touring musical biography of the "Fab Four" called In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles. The musical gives the audience a glimpse inside the world of the Beatles from the band’s point of view, as well as hear some of the greatest songs ever written. The producers wrote the script to give the audience a chance to “be there” at pivotal moments in the extraordinary career of the Beatles: Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club, The Ed Sullivan Show,Shea Stadium, and the final live performance on the rooftop of the Apple Corp offices.



 

  ABOUT SATISFACTION --  THE INTERNATIONAL ROLLING STONES SHOW

 

“Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show" is the international touring tribute show to the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band. This Billboard and Pollstar highly rated show is entering its 15th year in production with over 2500 performances listed to their credit. Their client list includes the nation’s top casinos, performing arts centers, music halls and corporate clients.

Performing up to 150 shows a year, this highly acclaimed production showcases the most authentic cast and costuming of its kind.  They have been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, Showbiz Magazine, Las Vegas Today, CBS Sunday Morning News and hundreds of national newspapers, magazines, and television and radio shows as the world’s greatest show honoring the Rolling Stones and their legacy. The cast now has three successful projects including “A Symphony For The Devil”, “Gimme Abbey” and “Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown”. 

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 on day of show.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.  



 

Door Time: 
October 25, 2018 - 8:00pm
Cost: 
$18 Advance, $20 Day of Show