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BackBeat '64 brings Beatles to Blasdell

BackBeat ‘64 kick off the Blasdell Summer Concert Series
Musicians are born everyday but only a select few are blessed with a cult following of die-hard fans. Today people will travel nationwide to see their favorite musician perform. For those who still remain loyal to bands that are no longer, their rooms may be cluttered with trinkets and posters of 70s music paraphernalia or perhaps a turntable spins an LP score from a thrift shop. The ecstatic love for the music can be heard through the crackling of the needle on vinyl. Tribute bands scatter the world as members dedicate their spare time (sometimes their entire music career) to a beloved band.

BackBeat ‘64, a local tribute band that plays homage to the Beatles, will be kicking off the Village of Blasdell summer concert series on Wednesday, June 12.

Don Daley, musical director for the group, strives to recreate the band as perfectly as possible. Tony, Larry, Jon, Joe, and Mike (last names omitted by the request of Daley) comprise the rest of the group. During practice Daley will repeat until the tone of the instruments is mirrored and the harmonies are just right. They use authentic equipment to achieve the truest sound: Ludwig drum kits, Vox amplifiers, Gretsch guitars and Rickenbacker guitars. Daley’s hard-core love for the band stretches back in time to the first moment he ever heard them.

“I remember vividly. I was 8 years old. I was watching the television, watching them perform,” he said. Reminiscing on the British Invasion and the ensuing Beatlemania in America, he spoke in great detail, how there was nothing like it. His passion for John, Paul, Ringo and George is undying.

“A parallel would be, like, cupid hits you with that arrow. You’re hopelessly devoted after that,” he said.

BackBeat 64’ has played all over Western New York for a variety of events. In addition to opening the Blasdell concerts the members were asked for the second time to play Kleinhans Music Hall in March of next year; the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be doing a Paul McCartney event and the high-esteemed venue considered BackBeat ‘64 to be ideal. Sweet Home High School holds a symphonic Beatle night every two years and for the third time they have asked the band to join the festivities.

On Feb. 9, 1964, the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. It was a major event in music history.

“Beatles fanatics know what that day means,” said Daley. BackBeat ‘64 is working with the Hamburg Palace to put on a two hour show next year on Feb. 8 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first trip into the United States. BackBeat’s potential plan is to play nearly identical sets to theirs from the “Ed Sullivan Show.”

They are hoping the night will be emceed by an Ed Sullivan look-a-like and after the concert they hope to have a showing of the Beatles’ film “A Hard Day’s Night” will commence.

“They changed the flavor of rock-and-roll forever,” Daley said after describing the pivotal moment in music history when John Lennon died and the Beatles were no longer. Popular and passionate, be sure to check them out in the Village of Basdell.


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