‘It Was 50 Years Ago Today’, picking a name from yet another iconic song, a group of ‘well seasoned’ American rock musicians will perform the entirety of The Beatles’ White Album during a US tour this fall.
Under the production of musical director Joey Curatolo, who was already responsible for RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles, the show will feature The Beatles’ life-long fan Todd Rundgren, former Monkees drummer and singer Micky Dolenz, singer/songwriter Christopher Cross, former Chicago singer Jason Scheff, and Joey Molland, who played for The Beatles’ personal favorite band Badfinger.
As Rolling Stone points out, although the tour is not formally endorsed by the remaining members of The Beatles, all of the above had connections to the band, while Badfinger were the band’s first signings to their Apple Records and the band that played support for Lennon (Imagine) and George Harrison (All Things Must Pass and The Concert for Bangladesh).
The show will also include original songs by the performers, and some of them, particularly those by Rundgren, Dolenz, and Molland, are Beatles-inspired, so they will probably fit in fine.
The first set of shows will start on September 21 in Atlantic City and run through October 20 , ending in Washington D.C., with more to come. Oh, The White Album did come out 51 years ago, but who cares…