For how legendary the Beatles are, it's crazy to think that this influential British band only toured briefly in the United States between the years of 1964 and 1966. Many of today's Beatles fans, in fact, weren't even alive during that brief window. If you were one of the lucky ones, you saw the actual Beatles live in the '60s. For the rest of us, we can only hope to have the imitation of the real thing. It's sort of like an artificial sweetener, a recreation of the real thing that's only slightly off.
As far as tribute bands go, Imagine: the Beatles Experience could be considered the Splenda of Beatles tribute bands. These Fab Four have been together, crooning Beatles favorites like "Hey Jude" and "Day Tripper" in English accents for more than 10 years. Their website is littered with reviews from fans, like this one:
"I have caught your act twice now. I have never danced so much in my life. I will attend every show you four play from Provo to Logan. I can't wait to catch up with you all again. Thank you for so much fun, your dedication to your show is obvious, you do the Beatles wonderfully. I will see you all again," from Russ Larson in Ogden, Utah.
You can catch Imagine: the Beatles Experience for one night only this Saturday, April 23, at the Swayne Auditorium at Northwest Nazarene University.[ Video is no longer available. ]