Bootleg Beatles gig

It’s been a while since my last blog. I guess I’ve been quite busy. Either that or I’ve been playing Halo2. Anyway, last Saturday Steph & I went to see the Bootleg Beatles at Kenwood as part of this summers Picnic Concerts. The format is fantastic! The concert starts 7:30pm. You turn up a couple … Continue reading “Bootleg Beatles gig”

It’s been a while since my last blog. I guess I’ve been quite busy. Either that or I’ve been playing Halo2. Anyway, last Saturday Steph & I went to see the Bootleg Beatles at Kenwood as part of this summers Picnic Concerts.
The format is fantastic! The concert starts 7:30pm. You turn up a couple of hours earlier with a picnic, sit in the sun and relax.


Last year went saw the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra play music from the movies, like Start Wars, Rocky, Breakfast At Tiffany’s. There was fireworks after too which finishes off the evening nicely.

When the sun goes down it can get a little cold sitting on the ground. This time we were more prepared. A jumper each and my faithful hand-me-down blankey.

The Bootleg Beatles were as entertaining as I had expected. The pseudo John Lennon was very authentic in both vocal tone and wit – “Please don’t use digital photography, as it hadn’t been invented yet”.
George Harrison was also very good, all riffs were spot on.
Of course it’s hard to pull-off a voice as strong as McCartney’s, but I couldn’t help feel a little let down. They could at least have turned him up a bit.
We all know that Ringo was never a good singer, but hearing this was a painful! Even more annoyingly, ‘Yellow Submarine’ was the song that got everybody going.

Their overall appearance seemed very accurate from where we were sitting (across the lake from the stage). They merrily bobbed around to early hits of ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’ before a more rigid stance of the Sgt. Pepper era. Later they donned jeans for tracks such as ‘Back In The USSR’ from the White Album.

Overall I had a very good evening and will make sure I get a group of friends to go along next year. As for the Bootleg Beatles, I don’t lack their technical ability, but I there was a lack of excitement. It did feel like it was their job, but not their passion which you can only really expect from a cover band that’s been playing the same songs for over twice as long as the originals did.

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  1. I really miss the yearly trips to Kenwood what with having moved down south now. Do they still let you roam free for free over the hill or are they insisting in caging you in to the little coral by the lake? Definately going to have to make the effort next year, provided I don’t forget to check what’s on until two days after it’s all over.

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