“Twist and … sit!” (Or: “I Saw Her Sitting There”)

This totally would have been me at a Beatles concert had I been alive in the 1960s.
This totally would have been me at a Beatles concert had I been alive in the 1960s.

This past Saturday night, my friend Benjamin and I had the honor and privilege of seeing The Beatles, my favorite band ever, live in concert!

Well, not really, for obvious reasons. But “Let It Be,” a Beatles tribute band playing at the Rosemont Theatre, was the next best thing.

Four mop-topped, guitar-wielding men with Liverpool accents took us on a magical mystery tour through the Fab Four’s top hits, beginning with the “She Loves You” era, continuing through songs like “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Yesterday,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Revolution,” and “Let It Be,” with their costumes becoming more casual as their hair grew longer.

The show was great. The audience, however, was disappointing.

During “Twist and Shout” in the Shea Stadium set, the musicians asked everyone to stand on their feet. Many people on the main floor did so, but in the “cheap seats” where I was, few people stood. Maybe the concert goers missed the instruction (the performers did have obnoxiously overemphasized accents … or was that really what the Beatles sounded like?). Come on, guys! The Beatles told us to stand up!

Benjamin and I stood up and attempted to lead the balcony section in song and dance, twisting, shouting, and shaking it up, baby. But most of our seat-mates still didn’t join in.

Maybe it was the layout of the room — a seated auditorium versus a venue that would allow for standing and dancing. Maybe people were tired at 8 p.m. on a Saturday night. Or maybe people just weren’t that excited because many of the concert-goers had once seen the real Beatles in concert and didn’t need to get in the Beatles spirit for these imposters.

Audience, shame on you. You’ll never get to see a real Beatles concert ever again — unless you believe in heaven, in which case, if we all make it there, we better see some amazing reunion concerts — so you might as well enjoy this group. I never got to see the real deal (clearly I was born in the wrong musical generation), so for me, this is historical fiction with a rock beat.

I guess I’ll just have to let it be.


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