Conway prepares for a British invasion

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The Liverpool Legends Beatles tribute band performing at Beatles at the Ridge in 2015

The Grammy-nominated Liverpool Legends Beatles tribute band will perform for one night only with the Conway Symphony Orchestra at Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus. “All You Need Is Love…and Music,” which takes place Saturday, January 30th, will be a rare opportunity to experience the band backed by a full orchestra. The Legends have headlined their own show in Branson for a decade and toured the world as the Fab Four, playing to huge crowds at such venues as the Rose Bowl, Busch Stadium and Arena Ciudad de Mexico. And while they’ve played in Arkansas before, primarily at the Beatles at the Ridge festival in Walnut Ridge, this will be their first time to perform here with an orchestra.

“It’s exciting for us because we have never done anything quite like this before,” said Vicki Crockett, general manager of the CSO. “And they haven’t done anything quite like it either. It’ll be new for everybody.” With the orchestra, the Legends will be able to recreate some of producer George “Fifth Beatle” Martin’s original orchestrations; think “Eleanor Rigby,” “I Am the Walrus” and the “Yellow Submarine” soundtrack.

Louise Harrison, sister of Beatles’ lead Guitarist George Harrison, hand-picked the members of the tribute band after getting to know Marty Scott, who plays as her brother, and feeling an immediate affinity. Louise, who was with the Beatles for their first U.S. appearance, on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, spent a great deal of time with the band, and that experience (coupled with the family connection) helps lend an air of authenticity to the Legends. “They look a lot alike,” said Louise, “and they play the music perfectly,” she said, adding that audience members had insisted that the band had played original recordings rather than actually performing. “People often can’t tell the difference,” she said.

The performance will cross the universe of the Beatles’ catalog and will include vintage instruments, costume changes and special effects. Single tickets are $30-$40 for adults, $10 for children/students, and $20 for UCA faculty/staff. There is a discount rate of $20 for groups of ten or more, and a limited number of VIP tickets with a special meet and greet opportunity for $50. Tickets are available from the Reynolds box office, (501) 450-3265, www.uca.edu/tickets. For more information, contact Vicki Crockett at 501-269-1066.