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The Beatles 50th Anniversary At The Hollywood Bowl: Review

Tanya Mardirossian |
August 25, 2014 | 11:00 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

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The crowd simmered after the stage lights went on Sunday night, during the Beatles’ 50-year anniversary celebrating the band’s remembered performance at the Hollywood Bowl. 

The only noise to be heard was wine bottles clinking on the floor as people stopped talking and looked down at their programs to see what was to come. 

Special guest Bob Eubanks briefly spoke about his experience with the band. Then video clips of the actual performance began to play, including interviews of mostly girls who were in tears to see the Fab Four in 1964. 

The Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart was the lead of the show, who performed with his son, Django, throughout the night. 

Other talented singers/musicians were Mary Lambert, Vanessa Amorosi, Michelle Branch (who said she was named after the Beatles song “Michelle”) and more.

The first half of the show went by quickly since the band played for only about 30 minutes (just as the Beatles did while they were on-stage 50 years ago). It ended with Billy Ray Cyrus singing “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Long Tall Sally”—a disappointing ending leading to intermission (an intermission that felt longer than the first half of the performance). 

The second half was more entertaining with better performances (different songs, but mostly the same performers). This isn’t to say that the songs played during the first half were not good. They were the same songs in the same order the band played half a century ago on that very stage. 

The most memorable were perhaps Mary Lambert singing “Blackbird” beautifully and Billy Ray Cyrus singing “Hey Jude” awfully. People of the crowd waved their cell phones illuminated (few had lighters waving in the air) because it’s one of the band’s best ballads; but the performance was dull, off key and sounded emo rather than uplifting. 

Overall, the performances were done well, unlike some complaints others made about songs sounding too country during Saturday’s performances.

Some From The List: 

“Twist and Shout” performed by Vanessa Amorosi

“You Can’t Do That” performed by Allen Stone

“All My Lovin’” performed by Dave Stewart 

“She Loves You” performed by Django Stewart 

“Things We Said Today” performed by Liv Warfield 

“A Hard Day’s Night” performed by Billy Ray Cyrus 

“Long Tall Sally” performed by Billy Ray Cyrus 

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” performed by Michael Bradford 

“With A Little Help From My Friends” performed by Dave Stewart

“Come Together” performed by Liv Warfield

“Help” performed by Django Stewart 

“Blackbird” performed by Mary Lambert 

“Here Comes the Sun” performed by Dave Stewart 

“Eleanor Rigby” performed by Michelle Branch

“Something” performed by Django Stewart

“Get Back” performed by Vanessa Amorosi

“Hey Jude” performed by Billy Ray Cyrus

“Yesterday” performed by Martina McBride

"Let It Be" performed by Martina McBride 

“Don’t Let Me Down” performed by Kaya Stewart 

“Got To Get You Into My Life” performed by Allen Stone

“All You Need Is Love” performed by various artists of the night 

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