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Them Beatles
Them Beatles

HALF of the original Fab Four have gone to that great gig in the sky.

There was the great debate which raged pre-1980 about whether The Beatles would ever get back together.

With the senseless death of John Lennon, that particular topic fell silent. But in this age of tribute bands, while you may never see the original, this is the next best thing.

One of the best tributes to the loveable Liverpudlians is Glasgow band Them Beatles. The gig, at Eastwood Park Theatre, is a welcome return for the band.

Grahame Critcher, who adopts the mantle of Ringo Starr, said: “The band recreate the entire career of The Beatles live on stage and is an absolute must for Beatles fans, young and old.

Using those well-known songs, the show follows The Beatles from the early days through to the famed rooftop gig just before they split up.

And Grahame is looking forward to the band’s return to Eastwood Park.

He told Scene: “It has been a very big year for us since we were last at Eastwood, and we are about to go on tour around the world.

“We hope we are doing Glasgow proud! We absolutely loved Eastwood Park last year, and we are really looking forward to coming back. There is a lot of buzz about The Beatles just now.

“This year marks 50 years since the Fab Four line-up, including Ringo, was completed and the start of Beatlemania — so it’s important for Beatles fans”.

The band have been signed up by Showtime Australia to take their Beatlemania on Tour show around the globe with gigs in Canada, South Africa and Australia.

And the boys have attracted some big-name fans with Belle and Sebastian, who invited them to play in front of 5,000 fans at their All Tomorrow’s Parties festival.

Clark Gilmour, who plays John Lennon, said: “We have just returned from playing at the prestigious Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg where we spent two months entertaining thousands of fans.

“We have been working hard producing our show that tells the chronological story of The Beatles and we hope the people of East Renfrewshire will come along and join us in what will be a great night!”

The show starts at 7.30pm on Friday, April 27 and tickets are £14 with £12 concessions.