10th Anniversary of Beatles’ Vegas Show “Love” Reunites the Beatles Family


I’ve never been completely comfortable with the concept of a long-running Beatles stage show in Las Vegas. I mean, I know Vegas is not what it used to be, but it just doesn’t sit right with me that the definitive show about the most important musical act of the 20th century should take up residence in the land of hookers and blackjack. Can Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ In The Wind Revue at the Fabulous Sands be far behind?

But as always, my self-righteous indignation has its limits. Truth is I would dearly love to see “Love” no matter where it was playing. Friends who have seen it could not rave enough about it, calling it a transcendent — even religious — experience for any Beatles lover, and I believe them.

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The show features psychedelic acrobatic scenes performed by Cirque du Soleil, set to Beatles music that has been remastered and repurposed by Sir George Martin and his son Giles Martin. The soundtrack was released when the show premiered in 2006, and to be honest I had reservations about that too.

I don’t have a problem with drastically changing the sounds of a Beatles track in a mash-up, for instance, but the stakes are high and you don’t want to mess it up. I thought the “Love” soundtrack was kind of hit and miss. I thought the “Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows” and the “Here Comes The Sun / The Inner Light” mashups were brilliant, but the “Drive My Car / The Word / What You’re Doing” combo ventured way too close into Stars On 45 territory.

To me, the best parts of the “Love” soundtrack were some of the straight remixes. “I Am The Walrus” never sounded better or punchier than it does on this album.

In any case, Giles Martin fixed up some of the remixes for the show’s 10th anniversary celebrations which took place last week. And what a Beatles event it was, the whole Beatles family was there: Paul and Ringo and the wives, Yoko, Sean Lennon and Dhani Harrison. An illness prevented Olivia Harrison from attending.

Apparently the vibes among the Beatles “family” members are better than ever. Rolling Stone quoted Olivia as saying that “We have fun now. It’s more of a family thing now than it’s ever been. All of them are the most loving, generous people. They’re really supportive. When they hug you, you’ve been hugged. It’s a beautiful thing.”

Maybe that’s the best news of all to emerge from this show anniversary. For most Beatles fans, these people are like our family too, and it’s always so much more comforting when everyone in the fam is getting along, isn’t it? Peace and love, everyone, peace and love.

Photo credit: Tina 63.

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