Wednesday, July 25, 2007

California Dreaming

Courtesy of Ripley, I learn that Cheap Trick is taking a page out of the Long Players handbook.
Cheap Trick to recreate the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' album in historic concert

Veteran powerpop band Cheap Trick, who have famously cover the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" and John Lennon's "Cold Turkey" in the past, are now set to perform the entire Sgt. Pepper album from start to finish at L.A.'s world-famous Hollywood Bowl.

The performance will accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, as well as special guests Aimee Mann, Joan Osborne, Ian Ball, and Rob Laufer. For the George Harrison-penned "Within You Without You," an Indian instrumental ensemble will also participate.

The recreation of the Sgt. Pepper album will be performed during the second half of the concert, while the first half will features Beatles classics including:

"Magical Mystery Tour" (with orchestra)
"Strawberry Fields Forever" (with Ian Ball, orchestra)
"Norwegian Wood" (with Rob Laufer, orchestra)
"Blackbird" (with Aimee Mann)
"Eleanor Rigby" (with orchestra)
"The Long And Winding Road" (with Joan Osborne, orchestra)
"Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/End" (with orchestra)

Cheap Trick's two-night Sgt. Pepper concert stint takes place at the Hollywood Bowl on on August 10 and 11.

Note the presence of such luminaries as Joan Osborne and Aimee Mann, and PowerPop fave Rob Laufer, one of the most underrated songwriters out there. (Robin Zander covered Laufer's "Reactionary Girl" on his solo album in the mid-90's.)

Sounds fab, so if you're left-coastish,check it out. I can's go, because I'M GOING TO SEE SHOES IN CHICAGO!

(girlscream, faint)

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steve simels said...

Sounds potentially interesting, and I'd love to see Rob Laufer.

I'm not sure I want to hear "Norwegian Wood" with an orchestra, however.

Kid Charlemagne said...

Well done Mary, have a good time in the Second City!

Please have a Chicago-style hotdog and an Old Style beer for me!

TMink said...

This does sound interesting, but there sure are a LOT of guest vocalists. I wonder why.


Anonymous said...

They're finally living up to their name.