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The Beatles – From Mania To Revolution @ The Triffid 02/02/17

Written by katherine o'malley

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Four Liverpudlian teens formed a band back in 1960,  which not only went on to define an era but to become one of the most iconic musical influences of all time. From Mania to Revolution: A Beatles Tribute to George Martin is a show by a group of incredibly talented artists, dedicated to George Martin, (aka the “Fifth” member, who was also the original drummer) of the band that evolved to become The Beatles. My sister Siobhan (huge fan and a bit of an authority on all things Beatles!) and I have been eagerly awaiting this show with much anticipation.
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The Beatles - From Mania To Revolution

The Beatles – From Mania To Revolution

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It is fitting that such a tribute is performed at the iconic Brisbane venue
The Triffid, which is remarkably reminiscent of an over-sized version of The Cavern, one of the most infamous locations the Beatles ever played at in Liverpool. Opening with Please Please Me the second single from their first studio album, Linda Bull then sings a killer version of It Won’t Be Long which was the opening track of their second album With The Beatles. Ringo Starr’s doppelganger Brett Wolfenden, sporting a very Beatles style hair-cut, then sings I Wanna Be Your Man with all the same head swaying and fun goofy moves as Ringo. This song was originally recorded and released as a single by the Rolling Stones, and later recorded by The Beatles and released in November 1963.
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It’s Been a Hard Day’s Night
is followed by Eight Days a Week, and everyone at The Triffid is thoroughly enjoying the new life and energy being pumped into these iconic songs, and these outstanding musicians, who need no Help! are getting the crowd into a ripe ruckus, cheering and singing along, including You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away which is a song I still remember vividly from the movie Help!. It’s only Love is then sung by Davey Lane and I can’t help notice how pristine the sound quality is all over the venue, as I dash around taking pics from various corners of The Triffid. They then welcome Kellie Lane out to sing We can Work it Out, and she seems to struggle with the lyrics a teeny bit but we only notice because we know them so well.
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The Beatles - From Mania To Revolution

The Beatles – From Mania To Revolution

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Ashley Naylor and Linda Bull then combine forces to sing
In my Life, before legendary Spiderbait drummer and singer Kram is welcomed on stage for For No One. Ashley is brought back on stage as Davey asks the crowd to excuse “us” while “we tune up.. This song is in a really uncomfortable key”, before singing She Said, She Said which was apparently written after an afternoon of “partying” on LSD, with invited guests. Davey then sings Tomorrow Never Knows. This song’s harmonic structure is derived from Indian music and was their final track released off the album Revolver. Finally, they take a short break and yes folks we’re only half-way through the show!
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The second set focuses on 1967-1969 and starts off with the
Luke Peacock singing Strawberry Fields. Kram grabs the drumsticks kicks it up another notch as Linda Bull launches into Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and With a Little Help from My Friends. A Day in the Life is followed by a glorious rendition of I am the Walrus and we are enthusiastically showing our appreciation in loud cheers and clapping, and then my sister lets out a squeal as lesser know Hey Bulldog starts to play. Davey Lane then delivers a haunting acoustic version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, which my sister also notes, seems to have alternative lyrics to the original. Luke then sings the universally known Revolution before Kram hits the stage like a meteor for Everybody’s got Something and then the slightly more heavy Helter Skelter which Paul McCartney is noted as writing and apparently tried to create a rock ‘n’ roll song as “loud and dirty as possible”, which for obvious reason suited Kram’s style to a tee, as he and Brett Wolfenden have an almost duel-like double drumming session, and for some reason Kram reminds us of Animal from The Muppets, for his slightly crazy, erratic and massively entertaining style.
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The Beatles - From Mania To Revolution

The Beatles – From Mania To Revolution

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Linda Bull’s
powerful and pristine voice belts out Oh Darling and seriously if the mic had dropped out I think we still would’ve heard her down the back of the venue, before Luke delivers another Beatles anthem Come Together which culminates in a mad frenzy of double drumming by Kram and Brett, a huge jump by Davey Lane and had set lists strewn all over the stage by the end for a crescendo The Beatles would’ve been proud of. They leave the stage, but come back out for a final encore of Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight and The End which were the last three songs off the second album of Abbey Road.
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Three hours of fantastic “fab four” fervour and
From Mania to Revolution has come to an end. A stunning tribute to a band who rose to stardom, and shaped generations of musicians and fans alike. Anyone who has even a vague fondness for The Beatles will appreciate the energy and sheer talent that these artists have injected into ageless anthems.

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THE PLAYERSAshley Naylor (vocals, guitar), Linda Bull (vocals), Jim Fleming (Keyboards), Kram (vocals), Davey Lane (MD, vocals, guitar), Kellie Lloyd Music (vocals), Nick Murphy (Bass), Luke Peacock (vocals) & Brett Wolfenden (Drums)

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katherine o'malley

February 6th, 2017

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katherine o'malley

I believe there are two ends of a camera, my end and your end. Born and bred in beautiful Brisbane, I've always loved taking Photos from when I was about 6 years old and had my parent's Kodak Instamatic 100 to snap my little sister with. I never leave the house without at least some camera, as you just never know when something awesome might happen! Been photographing live music events for quite a few years now, and love the lights, the excitement and challenge each gig brings. It never gets boring. Newbie to AMNplify in 2015,  I'm so looking forward to being on this awesome team and can't wait for all the fun 2015 is going to bring! :D

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