Beatles tribute band to play at Fox Theatre

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

A young Joe Bithorn was watching Feb. 9, 1964, when a band of mop-topped Brits gave their first live U.S. television performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

"That was amazing," Bithorn remembered. "That definitely made me a fan right there and then."

Less than two decades later, Bithorn became part of a tribute band to the legendary foursome. More than 40 years after the Beatles made their TV debut in America, Bithorn and his fellow bandmates will take their show to Broadway.

But not before RAIN -- A Tribute to The Beatles returns to Atlanta's Fox Theatre.

The acclaimed concert experience features members of RAIN performing live as the Beatles. Bithorn takes the stage as lead guitarist George Harrison, impersonating Harrison from his look and accent down to his vocals.

"Anybody who knows who the Beatles were and understands that, they can come in and I always see the skeptic first watching us and then they're listening to the music and you can see it unfold because of the idea of us performing this in this way, it brings them back," Bithorn said. "I watch people sort of come back into their youth in a way. That's not only done by the music but the end of our show."

The experience fuses a live concert with a multi-media show that features historical footage of the band. RAIN follows the Beatles from the first "Ed Sullivan Show" appearance through the Abbey Road album and into the hard-rocking hippie days of the late '60s.

"We work very hard and try to get the music down to the sense of what a classical musician would do with a piece of classical music," Bithorn said. "We try to bring as much to the music and to the character respectfully and authentically as possible."

RAIN will perform five shows at the Fox this weekend. For show times and more information, call the Fox Theatre Box Office at 404-881-2100 or visit www.foxtheatre.org