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The award-winning Beatles concert, RAIN – A Tribute To The Beatles, makes its debut at the Civic Center Music Hall for eight shows June 8 through 13. In a show the Denver Post calls “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles,” RAIN boasts a repertoire of nearly 200 Beatlemaniac favorites, ranging from such beloved songs as “Yesterday” and “Hey Jude” to classic hits including “Revolution” and “Come Together.”

RAIN covers the Fab Four from their very first Ed Sullivan Show appearance through the Abbey Road album, through the psychedelic late 1960s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. RAIN is a multi-media, multi-dimensional experience...a fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s lights up video screens and live cameras zoom in for close-ups.

For the four longtime band members – Joey Curatolo (Paul McCartney), Joe Bithorn (George Harrison), Ralph Castelli (Ringo Starr) and Steve Landes (John Lennon), with a little help from their friend Mark Lewis (keyboards, percussion) – all of whom performed in the hit Broadway and touring productions of Beatlemania, the music is first and foremost. For more than two decades, RAIN has distinguished itself by focusing on details, always being faithful to The Beatles with the ultimate goal of delivering a perfect note-for-note performance, just like the records. All the music is performed live, with no pre-recorded tapes or sequences.

The story of RAIN actually begins in the mid 1970s when Lewis joined forces with four other local musicians who together formed the band that was originally called “Reign” and played throughout the Los Angeles/Orange County, CA area. With their mutual love for the music of The Beatles, Reign was in demand to play Beatles music and rode an enormous wave of nostalgia for the band that had broken up in 1970. Before long they had built a strong devoted following in and around Los Angeles. Following numerous misspellings in the media and advertising, “Reign” became RAIN (also the title of a 1966 Beatles single). A big break came for RAIN when Dick Clark hired them to record the music for the 1979 made-for-TV movie Birth of the Beatles.

Today, RAIN continues to play to audiences nationwide. Like The Beatles, the onstage members of RAIN are not only supreme musicians, but electrifying performers in their own right.

RAIN - A Tribute to The Beatles is presented by Celebrity Attractions concluding the 2009-2010 Broadway Season. Tickets may be purchased via phone (405) 297-2264, in person at the Civic Center Music Hall Box Office or online at www.CelebrityAttractions.com.





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