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Venue: Academy Theatre for Performing Arts
SAT SEPT 16 2017 at 8:00 PM

It has been over 50 years since 1964 when The Beatles took the world by storm, setting the stage for what became the British Invasion.  In 1970 The FAB FOUR disbanded to pursue their individual careers, mainly those of George, John and Paul, much to the dismay of their loyal fans.  FLYING SOLO, a unique experience, is a world class tribute concert featuring the songs of these three most recognized music icons.  In addition to many more of their greatest hits, you'll hear such classic tunes as 'My Sweet Lord' and 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' from George, 'Watching the Wheels' and 'Imagine' from John plus 'Band On The Run' and 'Maybe I'm Amazed' from Paul, who is still performing to this day.  Rounding out the evening will be some Beatles' tunes to take you back in time.


The breakup of the Beatles proved to be a great boon to Harrison.  He immediately assembled a studio band consisting of Ringo Starr, guitarist Eric Clapton, keyboardist Billy Preston and others to record all of the songs that had never made it on to the Beatles catalog, resulting in the 3 disc album All Things Must Pass.  This album as a whole remains Harrison's most acclaimed record.  Subsequent albums failed to meet sales expectations but in 1978 George returned to the studio to record his 8th solo album George Harrison that included the Lennon tribute track All Those Years Ago.  Another studio hiatus ensued before a comeback with the release of his album Cloud Nine and a pair of hits, linking up with Jeff Lynne.  This union resulted in the formation of The Traveling Wilburys with Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan.  Encouraged by the success of the Wilburys' two studio albums, George took to the road in 1992 embarking on his first solo tour in 18 years.

John's first solo album was released in 1970 with John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.  His song Give Peace a Chance became an anthem for the anti-war movement.  His song Imagine has also become a tremendously influential song; it has been voted the most popular song by the British public.  Following his marriage breakdown to Cynthia Powell, John remarried Yoko Ono in 1969. In 1975, John retreated from the music world, preferring to spend time looking after his new son Sean.  In October of 1980 Lennon made a return to music recording.  But, just two months later on Dec. 8th 1980 John Lennon was shot dead in Dakota, New York.  By 2012, John Lennon has sold 14 million solo albums.

Paul was the first of the Beatles to release a solo album (McCartney 1970) and though critics' reactions were mixed, the album was a hit with the public.  He went on to form Wings, winning two Grammy awards and churning out multiple hit singles.  The 80's provided a trying period for McCartney and then in the wake of Lennon's death, Paul stopped touring, not taking it up again for almost a decade.  However, by 1989, he was ready to perform live again, and launched a world tour, one that would provide material for a triple live album.  In 1994, McCartney took four years away from his solo career to work with former bandmates Harrison and Starr on The Beatles Anthology project, subsequently releasing a rock album in 1997 along with a classical album. He continued recording and performing live around the world with his 2002 tour being named the top tour of the year by Billboard magazine.  In 2012 Paul released Kisses on the Bottom featuring renditions of songs from his childhood.  A year later he performed with fellow rocker Bruce Springsteen at London's Hyde Park.  Subsequent years up to present day have seen McCartney releasing more solo albums and continuing to tour.