AfterFab Newsletter - Spring 2016                                        View in Browser
Nobody Told Me - The News

Hey Beatle People!  Thanks for the turnouts at our debut performances at Hu Ke Lau and Zorba Music Hall (we got a ton of new subscribers from Lowell) last month as we continue to spread the word of the solo Beatles' genius.  As ever, people continue to tell us how they loved remembering so many tremendous songs!  

Live And Let Die (phone video/audio)
CLICK THE PIC for a bit of private, unlisted VIDEO just for you newsletter subscribers, which shows how we're growing closer to nailing just the right sounds, thanks especially in this case to keyboardist, Doug.  Thanks to Elizabeth for the original video.  

Coming Up - Tom's Last Show!

The big news this season is that drummer Tom, fantastic from the beginning, is saying goodbye to live performance, and his last show with the group will be April 30 in Somerville MA.  We hope all of you will make a special effort to attend his send-off on April 30.  

Band on the Run - April and May Gigs

SAT, APRIL 30, Thunder Road, Somerville MA, 7:00 PM.  
AfterFab debuts at the new Thunder Road in Somerville, which, in Union Square, is so far succeeding at filling the shoes of the now-closed Johnny D's. Tom's last gig with AfterFab!  It's an early show.  Doors open at 6 PM, music from 7-9 PM.  $15 at the door is recommended.  Advance tix also available online via the button below. Thunder Road web site.
SAT, MAY 14, 41 Bridge St. Live, Collinsville CT, 8:00 PM.  
Come at 6 PM for dinner or 8 PM just for the show.  It's another debut gig at this award-winning dinner/concert club, Bridge St. Live, located about 15 miles west of Hartford.  Advance tickets online recommended, $20 for a seat, $28 for VIP admission.  For all you'd like to know, check out the web site.
APRIL 30 Advance Tickets
MAY 14 Advance Tickets
Listen to What the Man Said - Interview Corner
An excerpt here from AfterFab's September 2015 interview with Metronome Magazine. Singer Jon describes why he's attracted to the music of the solo Beatles.  

METRONOME MAGAZINE: There are many great Beatles tribute acts, however, AfterFab chose to cover solo Beatles releases after the band broke up. What made you choose that direction?

JON:  It was likely a matter of circumstance that the solo stuff appealed to me as much as The Beatles. Growing up in the 70s, and having no Beatles fanatics around me to influence and bias my musical tastes, I heard everything that radio had to offer. It was really the only musical input I had until I was able to buy my own records. So naturally the music of The Beatles greeted my ears along with all the solo work in equal proportions. The solo stuff has always been in my head as much as The Beatles.

I was struck with the transcendent imagery that I was granted out of Paul's early work. As an impressionable, constantly relocated Air Force brat and a hopeless radio addict, I really sank my melancholy tendencies into the gorgeous escapist qualities of "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" and "Band On the Run." The personalities conjured therein were like a psychic screenplay in the back of my brain. They filled in voids I didn't know I had, actually becoming my neighbors and childhood friends.  Lennon's "Happy XMas" was a real ground-breaker for me. There were certain songs I just couldn't listen to without becoming emotionally invested in them. This was one of them.  I was, in retrospect, madly in love with the dreamy qualities that Phil Spector's production lent to George's early solo work; especially "My Sweet Lord" and "What is Life." And Ringo's "Photograph" still makes me tear up, so what's not to love? 

So, it was equal parts quality and circumstance that made me love this stuff as much as The Beatles' work. Professionally, I chose to do strictly solo work in AfterFab because of that love, combined with the fact that there was (and still is) no real competition in the field of Solo Beatles tributes.
Paul McCartney - McCartney [complete album]
Solo Beatles Link of the Month:  
CLICK to hear Paul McCartney's McCartney album, Apple Records, 1970.  Although the public had heard solo-Beatles releases before, namely John's, this was the first to hit with full knowledge that The Beatles had actually broken up.  
Recorded mostly at home on a 4-track tape machine.  Enjoy!  
Until Next Time - Beatle On!
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