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Arts & Entertainment - February 9, 2018

Beatles vs. Rolling Stones

Legendary bands bring their 'showdown' to the Bankhead

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Which band was better -- the Beatles or the Rolling Stones?

The debate began in the '60s and continues still, although most agreed that originally the Beatles were a pop group whose members had the image of the boy next door while the Stones were the bad boys of rock.

The two legendary bands will engage in an onstage musical "showdown" at the Bankhead Theater on Feb. 21, courtesy of tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction-The International Rolling Stones Show.

"Music fans never had a chance to see the Beatles and the Rolling Stones perform on the same marquee," said Chris LeGrand, who plays Mick Jagger in the show. "Now, music aficionados can watch this debate play out on stage."

The Livermore "Beatles vs. Stones -- A Musical Showdown" is part of a 110-stop tour of the United States, Australia and Canada that began in 2011. The show also performs at Harrah's Casino properties.

The production includes some of the more popular songs from the two rock pioneers and covers the scope of their musical careers, although the set list for Satisfaction usually includes Rolling Stones songs up to the 1980s.

"They certainly have more pop songs but we're a really great live show. The fans are in for an incredible night of music," LeGrand said.

During the two-hour show, the bands perform three sets each, trading places in quick set changes and ending the night with an all-out encore involving both bands. The band members have had their outfits custom-made, since avid fans know exactly what the Beatles and Stones wore onstage during different time periods in their careers.

For this performance, the professional musicians will be joined by the Mt. Eden High School String Quartet from Hayward -- seniors Betsy Cordova-Chama and Jasmina Buljubasic, and juniors Edwin Ramos and Jordan Ramirez.

"My favorite Beatles song is 'Eleanor Rigby,' and I'm excited we get to perform the song in the Beatles vs. Stones show," said Ramos, 16, who has played the violin for four years.

A fun part of the evening is the good-natured jabbing between the bands.

"Without Beatlemania, the Stones might still be a cover band in London," said Chris Overall, who plays Paul McCartney. "There's no question that the Beatles set the standard."

"We're going to bring it all. It's going to be an evening of high-energy music," LeGrand said.

The family-friendly show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30-$60. Go online to www.lvpac.org, call 373-6800, or visit the Bankhead Box Office, 2400 First St., Livermore.

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