Story & Photos by John Snelson
There are so many Beatles Tribute Bands … perhaps the Beatnix are pretty good hey ?
Yet, sometimes, if you want to appreciate how The Beatles became famous, you need to understand what they were like back in 1962, before they ever made a record.
One band stands out in this regard … the Australian band BackBeat.
They perform the songs that made The Beatles famous – such as those by Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, The Miracles, Arthur Alexander, The Cookies, Gene Vincent, The Shirelles, Larry Williams, The Lafayettes, Little Richard, Bruce Chanel, The Coasters, Little Eva, The Marvelettes, Dinah Washington, Ritchie Barrett, Fats Waller, Arthur Crudup and Phil Spector’s first group – The Teddy Bears.
These artists sang the original songs that made The Beatles famous enough in Liverpool for the record companies In London to wake up (with the exception of Decca who never woke up) and actually wonder what all the fuss was about in some slimey cellar that honked of fried onions, rotten fruit, cheap perfume, Woodies, disinfectant and the bogs, “up north” in Scouseland.
BackBeat : Photo by John Snelson
BackBeat – they don’t wear wigs, they don’t have those silly suits. They just wear the black leather and the drummer doesn’t look like Pete Best at all. Ha ! Oh yes, most of their music is pre Ringo and most of it as discussed above wasn’t written by Lennon, McCartney or Harrison.
BackBeat formed 10 years ago in Melbourne, Australia, after realising that although there were many great Beatles tribute bands Down Under there was no-one covering the pre-fame era of The Beatles (arguably their best live work). As John Lennon once quoted “We were performers in Liverpool, Hamburg & around the dance halls. What we generated was fantastic … there was nobody to touch us in Britain”. I know, I was there.
BackBeat don’t have Beatle haircuts nor try to do a phoney Scouse accent – they just play the music with passion, three-part harmonies; they re-create the raw sound with the vintage style guitars, amps and drums (gottle le gear), all dressed in black sweaty leather.
BackBeat’s dream has been to perform at the holy grail of ALL Beatle venues around the world and a dream that is coming true as they have been invited to perform at the iconic Cavern Club in Liverpool (UK) this August 2016 for International Beatleweek where a limit of 70 bands from 20 countries get the opportunity to perform.
Australia hasn’t been represented for over 12 years in Liverpool and so BackBeat is ecstatic to be performing their Early Beatles Music Show (when they was fab) in a few months time.
N.B To see the full list of The Songs That Made The Beatles Famous click on the link here.