Rain – A Tribute to The Beatles performed live at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, TN on January 16 and 17, 2010. Char and I went on a double date to the concert and absolutely loved the show. Rather than simply performing a concert, Rain’s performance is more a multimedia presentation of The Beatles from the Ed Sullivan Show all the way through the Abbey Road years. Going in mostly chronological order of The Beatles’ career, Rain’s costumes and hairstyles change along with the music.
The venue for the show was fantastic – the beautiful Orpheum Theater in downtown Memphis, TN. There is not a bad seat in the house for concerts at the Orpheum. The only complaint I had was that the volume was simply too low. Yes, I said low. Likely being sensitive to an older crowd, I think they went too far in volume reduction. The sound mix was fantastic, however, as was the stage presence, musicianship, and light show.
The show started with a video showcasing what was going on in American pop culture prior to the British Invasion. When the Beatles went on Ed Sullivan, Rain took the stage performing songs from that time. Sets, songs, and costumes evolved on through Sgt. Pepper. Rain’s rendition of “A Day in the Life” was phenomenal and note for note.
After an intermission, Rain returned with an acoustic set – including a tribute to Elvis Presley and the Birthplace of Rock and Roll. Quoting John Lennon’s famous line, “Before Elvis, there was nothing,” Rain performed “That’s Alright, Mama” they way The Beatles did it in their own tribute.
Returning to The Beatles’ studio years, Rain continued to perform with style. Two favorites were George Harrison’s “My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Revolution.” The show ended with an encore featuring the hit “Let it Be” from the final album released by The Beatles and an audience sing a long to “Hey Jude.”
I was happy to hear that Rain comes through town on a regular basis. I’d love to see them perform again!
VIDEO: Char Endorses the Rain Tribute to the Beatles (2 MB MP4 file)
After the show, we went to an Italian restaurant downtown for coffee and dessert and our friend, Anthony, performed some street magic on the waitress… You didn’t think we’d post a Traveling Twosome blog article without a really crazy video for your entertainment, did you? Watch this stunning video:
VIDEO: See Our Friend Anthony Perform Street Magic On Our Waitress (10 MB MP4 file – WORTH EVERY SECOND OF THE DOWNLOAD!)
And of course, Char took the opportunity to gain another supporter. She convinced our waitress to go on this website and vote for her in our various polls.
VIDEO: Char Convinces Our Waitress To Vote For Her In Our Polls (2 MB MP4 file)
As always – enjoy yourself, people! We’ll see you somewhere soon!