Sandy Zimmerman’s SHOW REVIEWS: “Cheap Trick Recreates Sgt. Pepper Live at the Paris Resort!
It was as though the Paris Hotel threw a party and the Beatles were there! “Sgt Pepper Live” featuring Cheap Trick brought their own uncanny interpretation of the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” album. Cheap Trick transcended all expectations and became the essence of the album. It is known as a true rendition of the time.
What an exciting night for the premiere! I was invited to this special media/ VIP occasion which was more than just another opening of another show, Cheap Trick proved they could recreate the entire “Sgt. Pepper” album. This was an enormous feat!
Before tackling this project, Cheap Trick’s Executive Producer Bill Edwards and Geoff Emerick, the engineer of the Beatles’ classic “Sgt. Pepper” album (1967), studied the technical aspects involved during the original in-studio production because of the highly complex nature of the recording that took 120 days to produce. No one thought the quality could be repeated in a live performance until now. Yes, now for the first time, Cheap Trick’s version has been accepted with accolades.
Everything about Cheap Trick’s show works together for the desired effect. The raised set had a landing for the background vocalists and Sgt. Pepper symphony orchestra while the action was on the stage below. And they made use of most of the stage with really lively, energetic performances. Cheers to lead singer Robin Zander for his stand-out performance.
I especially enjoyed their blending of several styles of music- jazz, pop, punk, western classical, metal, and even traditional Indian music. The Indian ensemble sat on the floor and played the ancient Tabla, Sitar, Tanpura, Swarmandal, and double violin.
During the show, you will hear the entire Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club album and may be surprised that Cheap Trick included some of their own music which could be adapted for orchestral arrangements. This is a celebration of the Beatles’ music, a tribute to their contribution to the world.
The Beatles’ phenomenon took the United States by storm in the 60’s and now 43 years later the public still loves their music. If you like the Beatles’ music, this is the perfect show for you. Anyone who is not familiar with their classic songs is likely to quickly become fans of this show because Cheap Trick adds their own unique power pop style to the music.
The Cheap Trick band has appeared in more than 5,000 performances, with 20 million records sold, 29 movie soundtracks and 40 gold and platinum recording awards. They were honored in October, 2007 by the Chicago Chapter of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) for their contributions to the music industry. Cheap Trick was featured in the John Varvatos Spring 2008 ad campaign.
Since the 70’s, their “sound” is instantly catchy and recognizable. With timeless classics such as “I Want You to Want Me,” “Surrender,” and the late 80’s lighter-waving favorite, “The Flame,” Cheap Trick are a musical institution. Anyone familiar with Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report will note that Cheap Trick wrote and performed the theme song.
Sandy Zimmerman is a syndicated features columnist published in Dubai, Japan, England, South America, as well as other countries and in the United States;
She is talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show programs and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials taped on location in Las Vegas and around the world;
Celebrating 29 years as the longest running talk show host, columnist, and entertainment reviewer in Las Vegas, Sandy also covers dining reviews, travel, spas, health and lifestyles; firstname.lastname@example.org