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Come Together: A Hard Night’s Day’s Return to the Beatle Basics

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CROSSROAD: The members of Beatles tribute band "A Hard Night's Day."
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They eschew the typical uniform of many Beatles tribute bands—the gray suits and moptop haircuts among them—instead opting for casual black; at first glance, they could be any rock band taking the stage at the Tower, but as soon as they break in to the opening chords of “Twist and Shout,” their musical appreciation is absolutely unmistakable.

Hailing from the Dallas area, A Hard Night’s Day has made their way to Oklahoma City, debuting at the Tower Theatre recently. Having seen Beatles tribute bands perform all over Oklahoma—most recently Rain at the Civic Center—A Hard Night’s Day is quite different, in that they are all about the music, which, if you’re paying tribute to the most influential band of all time, it probably should be, right?

With a swell melding of the Beatles earliest pop sensibilities of With the Beatles on up to the Get Back sessions, there were no on-screen graphics, no fanciful outfits and no visually appealing light-shows; it was as Beatle basic as it could be. The musically tight band rattled off early hits like “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Ticket to Ride” alongside later tunes such as “Come Together” and, most surprisingly, “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” to obvious crowd fandom.

And even though A Hard Night’s Day had an eye for perfection in their remakes, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have fun on stage, bantering between tunes in a purposely fake Liverpudlian accent that I’m not sure is meant to mock or celebrate other tribute bands; I say that mostly because this band is, from my vantage point, at least, more than just another tribute band.

A Hard Night’s Day is seemingly a band of working class rock heroes that just happen to play Beatles tunes and play them well.

In Dallas, the band recently ran through the entirety of Abbey Road in celebration of its fiftieth anniversary and I was actually quite tempted to go down there and catch their redux; but they’ve promised to come back to Oklahoma City soon and, if they do, don’t pass them by and don’t make them cry—A Hard Night’s Day are the deluxe editions that are worth the full ticket price.

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Louis Fowler

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