The White Album Concert has been getting rave reviews and standing ovations and it is Perth’s turn on July 26. 21 singers and musicians will take to the stage at Perth’s Riverside Theatre to bring the Beatles’ most complex, brilliant and beautifully flawed album to life.
The album was recorded over a few months in 1968, after the Beatles returned from India’s transcendental experiences and before the final bust up and both moods are reflected in the musical smorgasbord. There are beautiful ballads, hard rock numbers, bits of individual genius, experimental stuff and some quirky fun, despite it being a turbulent time for the group.
This concert also has a Fab Four with 17 others in support. The Four are Chris Cheney (Living End), Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon), Tim Rogers (You Am I) and Josh Pike. It is an ambitious project but one that just works as a tribute to arguably the best album from history’s best band and as a brilliant concert in its own right.
They perform the album in track order and it flows incredibly... for those who can remember the album, here is the 30 track set list:
Back in the USSR; Dear Prudence; Glass Onion; Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da; Wild Honey Pie; The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill; While My Guitar Gently Weeps; Happiness is a Warm Gun; Martha My Dear; I’m So Tired; Blackbird; Piggies; Rocky Raccoon; Don’t Pass Me By; Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?; I Will; Julia; Birthday; Yer Blues; Mother Nature’s Son; Everyone’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and my Monkey; Sexy Sadie; Helter Skelter; Long, Long, Long; Revolution 1; Honey Pie; Savoy Truffle; Cry Baby Cry; Revolution 9; Good Night.
If you are visiting Perth to see the show and would like to stay overnight, Rydges Perth can look after all your accommodation needs.
Photo: Jim Lee