Beatles tribute bringing old school rock and roll back to Wagga

BEATLEMANIA: John Kater, Chris Frazer, Ron Auld and Nandi Pettinato will embody all things Beatles at their tribute show performance this weekend at the Civic Theatre. Picture: Supplied
BEATLEMANIA: John Kater, Chris Frazer, Ron Auld and Nandi Pettinato will embody all things Beatles at their tribute show performance this weekend at the Civic Theatre. Picture: Supplied

The country’s biggest tribute rock band is on its way to Wagga and will reignite the craze of 1960’s Beatlemania this Saturday at the Civic Theatre.

Four members from The Beatle Boys will drum up the stage as part of The Beatles - The Rock and Roll Years show, and will perform some of the world’s biggest hits like She Loves You and Hey Jude.

The band originated from humble beginnings in Sydney’s south-western suburbs seven years ago, and have gone on to perform shows in front of audiences of thousands.

John Kater plays as Paul McCartney and bears an uncanny resemblance to the superstar. He still gets surprised at times by the crowd the show brings in.

“It’s a strange, multitude of people who turn up sometimes,” he said.

“You get a mix of people that really want to immerse themselves in the show.

“A lot of people who arrive understand where we’re coming from with the band and you can be slightly ironic with the whole performance as well, which is good.”

Having recently wrapped up a capital city tour with the Australian Symphony Orchestra, Mr Kater said “this will be the rock and roll thread” of the show.

“We’re doing an emphasis on the upbeat and rock and roll series of the 60’s era,” he said.

“This will be the second or third of a few more shows from the series this year.

“We’re going to bring a lot of energy to the stage.

“We’re going to have a good time, there will be lots of dancing, we’ll be happy and we hope the audience will be as well.”

Chris Frazer will play the genius of John Lennon, Ron Auld will play the quiet George Harrison, and Nando Pettinato will play hearthrob, Ringo Starr.

It’s “awesome” being able to work with his close friends in the band, Mr Carter said. The group has a deep bond that appears both on and off the stage.

“We’re luckily very close off stage,” he said.

“We’re good buddies and we laugh at the same silly things which is why I think we all work so well together.”

For more information on The Beatles tribute show, head to the Civic Theatre website.

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