Thursday, March 4, 2010


Yep, you heard right. Abbey Road is coming to The Irvine Barclay via Classic Albums Live, Craig Martin's A-Team of musicians that have been hand-selected for their abilities to riff on classic rock tunes with the same technical fortitude and musical discipline that you'd see from Yo-Yo Ma when shredding on Rachmaninov. Classic Albums Live tours around the country performing chosen classic rock albums in their unadulterated glory, vowing that they will do whatever it takes (they even employed barking dogs for Pink Floyd’s Animals. I wonder what their pay-scale looked like.)

The group debuted in 2003 as a once-a- month show at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. Since then the group has been sweeping Canada and US with sold out shows. Here's an idea of how dedicated to the music these musicians are: on December 17, 2006, Classic Albums Live performed the entire 213-song Beatles song catalog in one 13-hour concert at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. That's not likely to happen again. No doubt it's a liability in more ways than one (death from sheer bliss, hyper-exhaustion, or perhaps from mass-attack nostalgia?). But you can get a whole albums worth of playing time from these guys this upcoming Wednesday, March 10th.

 Classic Albums Live

On that said date, Classic Albums Live will be performing the Beatles album Abbey Road in its entirety at The Irvine Barclay Theater. Be prepared for an awesome display of musicianship. Do not be prepared for skinny dudes in black mop wigs, fitted suits and skinny ties speaking in disfigured Cockney. This isn't a tribute band. That won't stop you from closing your eyes and imagining that Paul McCartney is belting out "Oh! Darling" just for you.

I'm assuming that below is the setlist as below is the full track list for Abbey Road:

"Come Together"              
"Maxwell's Silver Hammer"
"Oh! Darling"
"Octopus's Garden"
"I Want You (She's So Heavy)"
"Here Comes the Sun"
"You Never Give Me Your Money”
"Sun King"
"Mean Mr. Mustard”
"Polythene Pam"
"She Came in Through the Bathroom Window”
"Golden Slumbers"
"Carry That Weight"
"The End"
"Her Majesty"

Irvine Barclay Theater

You can buy tickets here to the exciting event. “We just want people to be sent back to that time when they were in their basements with the album open in front of them spinnin' on a turntable, and we just want to trigger that memory – that whole feeling,” states Craig Martin. It might sound like a scary thought, but go back to that time, why don't you.

Classic Albums Live rendition of "Here Comes The Sun":

On my iPod: The Tallest Man on Earth's "Troubles Will Be Gone"

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