He might have been known as the least popular of the four Beatles, but on this particular night George Harrison (aka Aron Helm) stole the show at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center in Albert Lea.
Helm (aka George Harrison) is part of the Beatles tribute group called A Hard Days Night.
As George Harrison, Helm looked identical to the mop head of the early 1960s. He grew a mustache, let his locks grow for the other role he plays when doing Sgt. Pepper's Band music.
He was indeed the center attraction, perfectly strumming every guitar he would pick up. He also floated and rocked across center stage.
There are many Beatles tribute groups out there, and Judy and I have seen most of them. The A Hard Days Night group is led by Joe Covert who plays Paul McCartney. Covert is from Minneapolis.
It was very refreshing to see the Beatles tribute group performing once again. We saw them the first time two years ago at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center. We were impressed with them then and even more impressed when we saw them last Friday night.
The rockin' music caused many in the crowd at the Marion Ross center to dance in their seats.
COVID-19 shut down the Marion Ross theatre and also silenced the A Hard Day's Night group.
The arts center was not packed on this hazy night in Albert Lea, but those in attendance, representing those mostly over 60, liked what they saw and heard.
Each of the four Beatles made their appearance real. Paul McCartney (Joe Covert) was excellent in sound and only cast a blip because he plays the guitar right handed rather than left handed like the real McCartney.
John Lennon (Jeff Boxwell) started the show with his rendition of "Twist and Shout."
Ringo Star (Kevin Fansen) made those percussion instruments hum. He also had the Ringo smirk down pat.
George Harrison (Aron Helm) is the youngest of the crew and he did a superb job on the guitar. He also took time to reminisce with Judy and me about our last place of residence in Lino Lakes. Helm said he golfs at Chomonix, which is right across the road from our previous home.
Let's go back to Harrison. He often would harmonize with McCartney as they backed up Lennon on some popular Beatles tunes.
While Covert was constantly displaying that effervescent smile, Helm was hitting the high notes with his magical guitar and prancing across the center stage. He also teased fellow Beatle (Boxwell) about wanting to do more vocals. The teasing resulted in Lennon flipping him off in fun.
In real life, Harrison was born Feb. 25, 1943 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England and died at age 58 of lung cancer on Nov. 29, 2001 in Los Angeles.
From Wikipedia, we read: Although the majority of the band's songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, most Beatles albums from 1965 onwards contained at least two Harrison compositions. His songs for the group include "Taxman", "Within You Without You", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something."
We got to know George a little better at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center on this July 29 night. George and all of the Beatles will live forever even though only Paul and Ringo are alive.
It was indeed A Hard Day's Night.