Updated: Friday, 5th June 2020 @ 4:07pm

Fab Four live on: The Beatles (tribute) return to Oldham to mark 50th anniversary of only gig

Fab Four live on: The Beatles (tribute) return to Oldham to mark 50th anniversary of only gig

By Andrew Bardsley

Fifty years to the day that The Beatles played their only gig in Oldham, a special gig in the same venue will mark the anniversary.

On Tuesday February 12, The Astoria on King Street will play host to The Threetles, who will play some of the songs the Fab Four played that night.

Paul Brierley, 57, who plays guitar in the band has organised the event, and told MM how delighted he was that he had been able to mark the occasion.

He said: “When I realised it was the anniversary of the concert I knew I had to organise something before anyone else beat me to it.”

The venue has more recently been home to a roller-skating club, but for one special night the legacy of the legendary four-piece will live on.

Unlike some tribute bands the Threetles do not dress as the Fab Four, they stick to the music and insist this is what continues to make them relevant today.

“The music is just so rich for me, you could go back to any album and hear something you haven’t heard before. Everything they did was so innovative in so many different ways,” he said.

And the full-time musician and session engineer hopes to get as many people who were at the original gig fifty years ago to the Astoria in February.

“There wouldn’t have been many people at the gig who were below 16, so anyone who was there will be at least 66, and we are going to try and get as many people there as we can,” he added.

The day before travelling to Oldham in 1963, The Beatles recorded their debut album Please Please Me in London.

John Lennon’s voice was said to be destroyed after his vocal performance recording the classic single Twist and Shout.

Paul McCartney and George Harrison had to contribute more vocals than usual, and the screaming crowds did much to mask Lennon’s hoarse delivery.

Amongst the set-list that night were Please Please Me, Love Me Do and the as yet unreleased number-one single From Me To You.

The band are currently in rehearsals and will play of mix of songs that were aired that night and Fab Four tunes from other eras.

The gig takes place on Tuesday February 12, tickets are £3 all money raised will go towards Dr Kershaws and Saddleworth Cancer Support Group.

Picture courtesy of United Press International, with thanks

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