The most famous rivalry in rock and roll never played out in a public arena until now as “Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown” comes to The Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, joined on several numbers by the St. Charles East High School String Quartet.
The St. Charles seniors are Ayu Seiya, Lasey Emmerich, Storey Childs and Trudie Childs, who will join in on “Eleanor Rigby,” “A Day in the Life,”’Yesterday,” “Hello Goodbye,” “Hey Jude,” “As Tears Go By” and “Ruby Tuesday.”
Through the bands’ heyday, fans accused London’s Rolling Stones of stealing ideas from their Liverpool counterparts, while The Beatles secretly envied the Stones’ bad boy image and attitude, often copying their style, a news release stated.
Will the Stones be yelling for “Help” to fight the songwriting prowess of Lennon/McCartney? Or will the Beatles cry “Gimme Shelter” from the relentless sonic barrage of Jagger/Richards classics?
Fierce competition fueled the creative output of both bands during the 1960s, and the tribute performers pay homage to that tension.
“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, according to the release. “The Beatles wrote ‘Let It Be,’ but the Stones countered with ‘Let It Bleed.’”
The Stones rocked the stage, and worked as hard as the bluesmen they modeled their stage show after. The Beatles were cute and The Stones were the original punks.
As for the pro-Beatles 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.
The concert highlights the music and iconic wardrobe with spot-on performances down to the onstage banter, missed notes and flubs heard on the original records, the release stated.
Members of both nationally touring tribute bands, Abbey Road and Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show, have taken care to re-create the experience of seeing the bands live to please casual fans and purists alike.
“Music fans never had a chance to see The Beatles and the Rolling Stones perform on the same marquee,” Legrand said. “Now, music aficionados can watch this debate play out on stage.”
The show is appropriate for all ages.
If you go
WHAT: “Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown”
WHERE: The Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23
COST: $35 to $75
INFO: 847-931-5900, hemmens.org