The Beatles (L to R) Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison wave to fans July 2, 1964 as they return to London from a tour of Australia.
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PHOENIX - The Beatles’ changed music forever when they invaded America in the 1960’s.
But for those of you who didn’t get to see them live—here’s the next best thing.
“1964 the Tribute,” a famous Beatles tribute group, is playing Friday at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix.
The concert, which begins at 8 p.m., will focus on the Beatles’ touring years with songs like “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “All My Loving.”
John Lennon is portrayed by Mark Benson, who began his music career at a guitar repair shop. He was one of the founding members of 1964 the Tribute, and he maintains all of the band’s instruments.
The part of Paul McCartney is played by Graham Alexander, who chose to become a musician at age 9 after watching a video of the Beatles playing on the Ed Sullivan show. Naturally right-handed, he taught himself to play guitar left-handed to play McCartney.
George Harrison’s role is played by Tom Work, another founding member. He has a history in musical theater and has also sung in a barbershop quartet.
Bobby Potter rounds out the group with his portrayal of Ringo Starr. Potter got his first set of drums in the seventh grade and has idolized Starr since childhood.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are on sale now for $25 and $35 at Celebrity Theatre or on the Celebrity Theatre website .
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