Seattle music fans were treated to a fantastic night of Beatles music by tribute band Apple Jam in a show called “Rarefied Beatles” June 12, 2015 at Seattle nightclub “Chop Suey.” Produced by Roseta Productions, the show featured a wide array of music from the big hits to solo cuts and rare tracks. Yes drummer Alan White made a guest appearance, sitting in on some songs he recorded with John Lennon. Bob Rivers, talk show host for the former Bob Rivers Show, also made a guest appearance on keyboards. Here is a run-down of the show. Chop Suey, which is under new ownership, has been newly renovated and remodeled.
Greg Roth of Seattle Music Insider acted as emcee before both sets. Apple Jam’s new lineup included Josh Jones (drums), Johnny Jones (keyboards), Doug Kilishek (guitar), Jakael Tristram (guitar and vocals), Rick Lovrovich (bass and vocals). The show ran from 9:00pm till about 11:30. The two sets included a fascinating and eclectic mix of well-known Beatles hits, solo numbers, and lesser-known Beatles recordings. The first set, for example, included hits like Got to Get You Into My Life, Hey Bulldog, Call Me Back Again, I Need You, You Can’t Do That, and This Boy. Some of the lesser known tunes included Flying, a Harrison tune from the White Album, and McCartney’s 1980s solo number Arrow Through Me–which was never a hit, but is well known by McCartney enthusiasts and was an interesting addition.
One and One is Two/ Hold Me Tight, and McCartney’s first song, Hello Little Girl, are from the earliest of the Beatles’ work and are a staple of Apple Jam’s repertoire, that highlights songs the Beatles gave away. Another interesting tune was Death Cab for Cutie.
Author Gillian Gaar was in attendance and said of the show, “I couldn’t believe all the ‘deep album’ cuts; it was amazing when I saw they were going to do ‘Death Cab for Cutie’ during the first set. After seeing so many tribute bands that stick to the tried-and-true hits, it was really refreshing to see (and hear) Apple Jam really mix it up. A lot of fun.”
Ron Germeaux was also in attendance and said of the night, “It was a great show, it was fun to see Apple Jam again after such a long time, and this show was very different. As always, it was great to see Alan White and his wife Gigi, and still amazing to hear Alan play ‘Imagine’ and ‘Instant Karma’ knowing he recorded those with John.”
Lennon’s solo hit from his 1980 album Double Fantasy, Watching the Wheels, was a nice surprise, showing the band’s skill in covering all eras of Beatles music, from the earliest days through their solo years. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite closed out the first set and demonstrated the band’s prowess in performing some of the most difficult material the Beatles wrote.
In the second set, the crowd cheered as Alan White sat in on drums for Imagine, and Instant Karma, two of the songs he recorded with John Lennon in 1971. Radio host Bob Rivers also performed on these numbers on keyboards in a guest appearance, and also for a rousing performance of McCartney’s Live and Let Die, and Real Love. Some additional favorites of the night were McCartney’s Monkberry Moon Delight, Too Many People, and Band on the Run as well as Harrison’s Blow Away and Got My Mind Set On You. The audience was treated to Twist and Shout as the encore.
Photos from the night were provided to the John Lennon Examiner with permission by John Friar and Mia Park.