A live stage show which creates the sound of The Beatles famous Abbey Road recordings is now on tour.
Named ‘The Sessions – A Live Restaging of The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios’, the show includes performances of songs from their albums ‘Please, Please Me’ and ‘Abbey Road’ as they were originally recorded.
Four actors will portray Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, while screens around them display recording details and live musicians recreate the vocals, music and arrangements that were originally used.
Another actor will narrate the show in role of the ‘fifth Beatle’, producer George Martin, who died last month aged 90, the show is dedicated to him.
The show is inspired by the memoir of former Abbey Road Studios sound engineer Geoff Emerick. It’s being marketed as a musical documentary, which is “the closest an audience can get to experiencing The Beatles live and at the height of their glory”.
Speaking to Reuters, Emerick said: “It’s pretty true – the songs are being performed with the things we would have overdubbed onto the records.
“We have got like double track vocals, we’ve got all sorts of guitar effects and so forth.”
“It seems as though it was only like eight weeks ago but when I’ve been hearing some of these songs performed I sort of tear up a bit because … it brings back a lot of memories of the past.
“We never dreamt in a million years that these songs would carry on forever.”
‘The Sessions’ debuted at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Friday 1 April and will now tour the UK and some European countries.