For the older fans in the audience, it was a chance to relive memories through the music of the greatest rock band ever assembled. For the younger fans in attendance, it was an opportunity to celebrate a group that broke up before those young spectators were born.
Beatles tribute act RAIN was at Spectra Place in Estevan on April 1. They performed many of the Beatles' biggest hits for an audience that spanned generations, but had a common affinity for "Beatlemania."
RAIN's homage to the Beatles was thorough and detailed, and it extended beyond just the songs. Each member of the group is tasked with portraying a different band member, through attire, instruments and on-stage performance. They even speak with an English accent while they're on stage.
None of the songs were pre-recorded, either, as RAIN members say they prefer to play all of the music live to add to the authenticity of the evening.
The show opened up with a video chronicling the music and the times of the early 1960s when the Beatles became music sensations. Then there was footage of the Beatles' legendary debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. That's when RAIN members appeared on the stage and opened by playing "She Loves You," which was one of their first hits in the U.S.
They continued to play early hits, such as "I want to Hold Your Hand," "Yesterday," "Help" and "Twist and Shout," with a backdrop of early television appearances and their famed concert at New York's Shea Stadium.
The more psychedelic phase of the band was then showcased, with such songs as "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "With a Little Help from my Friends" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." They also promoted love and peace – themes that would recur throughout the night. And they urged people of all ages to stand up, dance and clap their hands during the playing of "When I'm Sixty-Four."
Following an intermission, RAIN members returned to the stage to perform "All You Need is Love," and continued with hits like "Strawberry Fields" and "Here Comes the Sun." They noted they hope the sun will shine on Estevan, and that the temperatures will rise in the city.
The unofficial second half of the performance continued with chart-topping songs like "Come Together," "Get Back" and "Revolution." But the show wasn't over, as a three-song encore would follow. They reaffirmed their desire for an end to war with the song "Give Peace a Chance," and followed it up with "Let it Be."
After "Let it Be," they acted like the show was over, but the audience chanted for one more song, with many calling for one song in particular, and RAIN obliged by singing that song, "Hey Jude," to the delight of the fans.