REVIEW: ‘It was like the Beatles were in the room!’

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Two top tribute bands entertained at the Gliderdrome recently, bringing back memories of the Sixties and in the case of the Small Fakers memories of visits by the original Small Faces.

But getting the evening off to a terrific start were The Fab4, a group so like the Beatles it is understandable why they are always booked for Beatles conventions in Liverpool.

Right from their first song, Please Please Me, to their final offering of Hey Jude the sound was almost as if you were actually listening to the originals!

Roll Over Beethoven quickly brought the dancers on to the floor and from then on it was dance, dance all the way with what seemed like every Beatle song, ever!

Highlights for me were I’m Going to be Your Man, She Loves You and Twist and Shout, and all too soon their set finished with dancers’ arms in the air, singing along to Hey Jude.

The Small Fakers came with the reputation of being ‘almost better than the originals!’ That’s quite a reputation to live up to but the four lads certainly carried it off, playing all the hits and much of the Faces’ music of the era.

First song Watcha’ Goin’ to Do About It set the tone for their set and all the hits came through: Sha La La La Li, All or Nothing, In My Mind’s Eye, Itchycoo Park and Lazy Sunday Afternoon.

In Matt Bond, the Fakers’ lead singer, they have someone who looks, sounds and moves like Steve Marriott and it’s almost surreal watching and listening to him. He received superb backing from the rest of the Fakers, and the ‘Mods’ in the audience certainly had the time of their life!