This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first appearance on American shores, heralding in a new era of popular music. Long Live The Beatles transports audience members back to that era with a chronological trip through the Fab Four’s influential career from beginning to end.
Tim Mahoney, who performs the role of Paul McCartney on stage, is joined by his siblings Brian and Mike, along with Jay Swanson in the role of Ringo. The individual members keep the same instruments as their counterparts in an attempt to keep the performance as authentic as possible.
“I even taught myself to play bass left handed,” Tim Mahoney says, mimicking McCartney’s famous presence. “It just gives the right look to the show.”
Mahoney attributes the longevity of The Beatles’ sound to the classic nature of the songs themselves.
“The bottom line is their music has withstood the test of time. Every generation discovers The Beatles,” Mahoney says.
Mahoney, a longtime Beatles fan, formed the tribute act in 1979 as a last-minute fill-in for a loft party.
“We really enjoyed doing it, so we started touring, and one thing led to another,” he says.
Those expecting an average band strumming away indifferently will be in for a pleasant surprise. The Mahoneys recreate an entire Beatles experience, presenting the songs in chronological order with the requisite costume changes.
“We start off with the black, Ed Sullivan outfits,” explains Mahoney. “And (we) ultimately wind up in the ‘Abbey Road,’ ‘Let it Be’ era.”
Several other outfits are featured in between, along with the accompanying hairstyles, facial hair and other nuances.
Though the boys enjoy the “innocent, fun rock ’n’ roll” of the band’s early period, it’s perhaps the more intricate records of the psychedelic era which brings them the most satisfaction on stage.
“We do everything with just four guys,” Mahoney says. “It’s all live — there’s no tapes.”
To lend an extra aura of authenticity, Mike Mahoney plays the recorder, complete with the original flute sound found on the 1967 studio-manipulated masterpiece “Fool on the Hill.”
Where: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Resorts’ Superstar Theater. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster and are $32.50.
Lineup: Tim Mahoney performs as Paul, bass, piano; Brian Mahoney performs as John, guitar, bass and keyboards; Mike Mahoney performs as Ringo, drums; Jay Swanson performs as George: Guitar and keyboards. Everyone plays various other instruments as well.
Learn More: MahoneyBros.com