- ALL STAR TRIBUTE TO “RUBBER SOUL” and ‘REVOLVER”
- The Kauffman Center, Kansas City, Missouri
- March 27, 2022
In October 2019, I had the great pleasure of attending an all-star tribute concert to celebrate the Beatles White Album. With a top notch band including Todd Rungren, Micky Dolenz, Christopher Cross, , Chicago’s Jason Scheff and Joey Molland from Badfinger, the show was an amazing celebration of music. Not only did they deliver the goods on the Beatles music but each one also performed a couple of their own hits. I should also note that, in my review, I lamented how Todd Rungren was not a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I also started an on-line petition to correct this error.
Tonight the band was back together, celebrating two other of the Fab Four’s classic albums, “Rubber Sou” and “Revolver.” Dolenz didn’t make the trip this time, but he was ably replaced by Moody Blues and Wings co-founder Denny Laine. Again, the Beatles music was great to hear live, but the real treat was getting to hear some of the other hits the musicians had been a part of. Two of the non-Beatle highlights were Laine’s rendition of “Band on the Run,” with a vocal that rivaled Maccas and a blistering “25 or 6 to 4” with a guitar solo that would have made Terry Kath proud.
The music was infectious, and the crowd responded by dancing in their seats and giving a well deserved standing ovation at the concert’s end. They also stood after the afore mentioned rendition of “25 or 6 to 4” and after a sing-along to Rungren’s “Hello It’s Me.” As I left the show, I was already praying that next year brings an “Abbey Road/Let It Be” tour!
Incidentally, this time around Todd Rungren IS a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Just saying!
Drive My Car, I Want to Tell You, Taxman, Eleanor Rigby, If I Needed Someone, Go Now, Band on the Run, I’m Only Sleeping, No Matter What, Baby Blue, Good Day Sunshine, In My Life, AYou Won’t See Me, Sailing, Ride Like the Wind, And Your Bird Can Sing, Here, There and Everywhere, Girl, Michelle, I Just Saw a Face, Norwegian Wood, Hard to Say I’m Sorry, 25 or 6 to 4, For No One, Nowhere Man, I Saw the Light, Hello It’s Me, Dr. Robert, Got to Get You Into My Life, Tomorrow Never Knows, The Word, Yellow Submarine.