The last few years has seen a new industry for tribute bands: Google search The Who, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and you will get pages of talented acts offering their wares.
But one outfit has found a niche that trumps them all. The Overtures is a band covering hits across the 1960s, by a multitude of artists. And they do it so well they have now signed with one of the UK’s biggest promoters - Flying Entertainment – to play ‘The Bootleg Sixties Sight and Sound Show’, a 15-date UK tour through October and November.
The two-hour show, performed entirely by The Overtures, encapsulates the essence of the Sixties, bringing pop music’s greatest decade back to life with the classic fashions, newsreel and iconic video footage of the period. The band has a repertoire of more than 400 songs by artists including The Kinks, The Doors, Simon & Garfunkel, The Hollies, The Beach Boys, The Monkees, The Byrds, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Yardbirds, The Animals and many more.
The attention to detail is astonishing – if it’s a Byrds tune the 12-string Rickenbacker comes out; a Beatles song is played with the signature Paul McCartney Hofner bass guitar.
And the haircuts, suits and boots are all unmistakably from the swingin’ Sixties, making the audience feel like they have gone back in time.
The show calls at The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, on Tuesday, October 8, 7.30pm - call 01323 412000.
Pictured: The Overtures
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