TRIBUTE TO LEGENDS: The Bootleg Beatles' show has been touring for 35 years.
TRIBUTE TO LEGENDS: The Bootleg Beatles' show has been touring for 35 years.

Reliving Beatles memories

GOODBYE John, Paul, Ringo and George. Hello Adam, Steve, Gordon and Stephen.

Now in their 35th year of touring, the Bootleg Beatles have been around longer than the band they're paying tribute to.

The Bootlegs' show tracks through every era of the Fab Four, and this year they're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famed White Album.

ON WORLD TOUR: The Bootleg Beatles tribute band hits Twin Towns in September.
ON WORLD TOUR: The Bootleg Beatles tribute band hits Twin Towns in September.

The Bootleg Beatles' worldwide tour is kicking off in Australia and will be hitting Twin Towns in September

Stephen Hill, the Bootleg George, said the band felt the pressure to perform the songs right every night.

"We're all Beatles fans (so) we don't want to let anyone down,” he said.

"Everyone's got an idea of how it should be.”

His quest to imitate George Harrison is a constant learning experience from how the late Beatle would sing and talk, his foot placement and how he held his guitar pick.

The Bootleg Beatles are set to perform the White Album.
The Bootleg Beatles are set to perform the White Album.

Everything is studied constantly to make it the best performance possible.

"As soon as the lights go on, if you look like a sack of spanners, then people's expectations go down straight away,” Hill said.

"You've still got to make people believe they're watching the Beatles for at least a couple of songs.”

In the newer generation of the Bootlegs, the 37-year-old said he couldn't believe he was part of the tribute band.

"It is weird. I must've been eight years old when I watched the Bootlegs with my dad,” Hill said.

"It's surreal when you find yourself, years later, playing George in that group.”

The production pays meticulous attention to every detail of the legendary band's hand-crafted costumes from the mop-top Fab Four to the Sgt Pepper's album and further on.

The tribute band has attracted praise from the Beatles, with various encounters with the members over the years.

"Paul used to heckle the Bootlegs from the stage saying 'Don't play Hey Jude. I'm doing that one',” Hill said.

Accompanied by a nine-piece orchestra and stunning visuals, Stephen said all the Bootlegs wanted to do was make sure they were doing the music justice.

"To be in The Beatles, as daft as that sounds, all we have to do is be that good every night,” he said.

Perhaps, as Hill knows, that is a bit of an understatement.

The Bootleg Beatles play the Events Centre at Caloundra on September 21 and Twin Towns Services Club at Tweed Heads on September 22.



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