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Tribute band re-enacts Beatles' first U.S. gig

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 01:25

A Beatles tribute band re-enacts the band's first U.S. appearance fifty years ago at the same location the Fab Four first played in America. Rollo Ross reports.

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The United States' second wind of Beatlemania continues after several events to celebrate the band's first arrival to American shores fifty years ago. The latest saw tribute act Beatlemania Now reimagine the band's first ever full set in the States at the Washington Coliseum. Even though the adolescent screaming might have been conspicuously missing from the event, the performance still brought back a lot of memories to some of the crowd who were lucky enough to have been at the original performance. SOUNDBITE: Concert attendee, Carole McCracken, saying (English): "I was here for the first concert. I was here. The stage was a boxing ring in the middle of the arena and I was in the fifth row. (Reporter: 'How was it?') It was fantastic. It was so exciting. It was unbelievable that they were right smack in front of me singing and I could hear everything. It was so exciting." SOUNDBITE: Concert attendee, Jennifer Rothgeb, saying (English): "My dad was the manager of the arena and I was a huge Beatles maniac and I was so excited that they were coming to the arena and my dad obviously could get me tickets and I came with my best friend at the time Francine and that was like, it changed my life in that I went from being a kid to an adolescent." Photographs by Mike Mitchell of the band at the historic concert and press conference were exhibited at the event to bring back even more memories. The 50th anniversary celebrations are centred around The Beatles' performance on the Ed Sullivan TV show which is widely seen as a landmark in pop culture to most Americans.

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Tribute band re-enacts Beatles' first U.S. gig

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 01:25