Long gone are the days of screaming teenaged girls as John, Paul, George and Ringo walked on the stage. The Fab Four may be the most well-known and influential band in the history of modern music, and thanks to A Hard Night’s Day, Beatlemania can sweep across North Texas once again.
A Hard Night’s Day is a Beatles tribute band based in the Dallas area and perform on a regular basis. The band is composed of five primary members and sound almost identical to the original group. One member looks strikingly similar to Paul McCartney and the band even mimics the manerisms the Beatles would perform at shows back in their day.
Friday Feb. 24, the eve of George Harrison’s birthday, the band performed at the Granada Theater in Dallas and I was able to catch the show.
The band immediately captured the crowd’s attention, opening with “A Hard Day’s Night,” and quickly transitioned from one song to the next, an easy task for the band that has over 200 Beatles songs in their catalog.
The band came out in matching gray suits much like the earlier days of the Beatles and initially played songs from early in the band’s rock and roll days including “She Loves You,” “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “A Ticket to Ride.” By the time the group played their final song before intermission, “Twist and Shout,” most of the audience had begun twisting and dancing, both younger and older spectators alike.
The band then broke for intermission informing the crowd they were going to, “Catch their breath.” Not surprising after a song that Lennon often described as one of the hardest to sing.
By the end of the break, the crowd was getting restless, but all of that was forgotten when the band came back on stage in new outfits of black coats and unmatching under shirts. It was a brilliant move to transition to music from the later years of the Beatles when they began their post “Rubber Soul” days.
A Hard Night’s Day played through the rest of their set with all five members on lead vocals at some point, even the drummer taking lead vocals on “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Yellow Submarine” as Ringo did.
One impressive note about the performance was the the use of sound effects and keyboards to recreate all aspects of the old Beatles’ records. The middle portion of “Yellow Submarine” featured sound effects and shouting by the band’s lead guitarist on the microphone, and I must say I was very impressed.
Overall the band was spot on throughout the performance. The vocals were very similar to the Beatles of old with members rotating singing and all participating on harmonies and backup. The songs were rocking, the audience was dancing, and the original Fab Four would have been proud.
The band has won multiple Dallas Music Observer Awards for best cover band and tours regularly in the North Texas area. To book the band to play, you can contact them on their website. I would most certainly suggest any fans of the Beatles to go see the group perform. They have upcoming shows at Barley House and the Dallas Arboretum.