The White Album Concert has been getting rave reviews and standing ovations and it is Adelaide’s turn on July 25. 21 singers and musicians will take to the stage at the Adelaide Theatre to bring the Beatles’ most complex, brilliant and beautifully flawed album to life. The show is a sell-out and is certain to be a memorable one.
The White Album was recorded in 1968, between the Beatles’ return from India’s transcendental experiences and the final bust up. Both moods are reflected in the musical smorgasbord. There’s the mystical guitar classic While My Guitar Gently Weeps (written by George Harrison with Eric Clapton on lead guitar) and there are also a couple of tracks with Paul on drums because Ringo stormed out of one of the recording sessions. 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.
The Adelaide White Album 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 both works as a tribute to arguably The Beatles’ best album 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 Adelaide to see the show, Rydges South Park can look after all your accommodation needs.
Photo: Jim Lee