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Tribute band gets 'Help!' from CHS musicians

November 6, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 06--COLUMBUS -- "Help!" is just what the Liverpool Legends will be getting when the tribute band takes Columbus High School musicians on stage for a "Magical Mystery Tour" of the Beatles career playlist in a Nov. 17 performance.

CHS band members have been rehearsing for weeks to get ready to introduce concert-goers to "Eleanor Rigby" and help them board a "Yellow Submarine" during the tribute band's stop in Columbus at the Nantkes Performing Arts Center.

"The kids are really excited," said CHS Band Director Jeff Peabody, who expects 70 to 100 of his music students to join the Liverpool Legends on the Nantkes stage. "They've been working real hard. There are a whole bunch of them that are huge Beatles fans."

The CHS Band Boosters brought the show, "Help Keep Music Alive!" to the CHS stage. A portion of the performance's proceeds will be shared with the CHS music program to be used for such things as band trips and musical equipment purchases.

Tickets are available through Nov. 14 at the CHS office or by calling 402-276-6421.

Peabody is thrilled to give his students the experience of performing on stage with professional musicians.

"They're a heckuva group," Peabody said. "It's a great thing for the kids ... this is a big deal."

The Fab Four tribute band, made up of Marty Scott as George Harrison, Kevin Mantegna as John Lennon, Bob Beahon as Paul McCartney and Greg George as Ringo Starr, has been a headlining staple in Branson, Mo., for about eight years.

The group was formed by Scott and Louis Harrison, sister of the Beatles' lead guitarist and singer, shortly after George's death in 2001. Louise was looking to honor her brother, keep the band's music alive across generations of fans and promote music education.

"Louise and I put the show together from day one," said Scott, fresh off performing on the sound stage of a Houston, Texas, television show earlier this week.

Today, the Liverpool Legends perform about four months a year in Branson and spend the rest of the year playing concert dates and appearing at schools.

Scott said the Beatles' music has spanned the generations for more than 50 years. There's no other group like them, not the Rolling Stones or even Elvis, he said.

"They're the Eighth Wonder of the World," Scott said.

The Columbus show will trace the Beatles' career from beginning to end -- from "Love Me Do" and the Shea Stadium kickoff of the band's 1965 American tour, from "The Ed Sullivan Show" to "Yesterday" and "Abbey Road."

"It's gonna be awesome," Scott said.

The students will get the feel of what it's like to take rehearsal with band members, work with a professional stage crew and perform in front of a theater full of people, Scott said.

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