The historic D and R Theater in Aberdeen, Washington hosted two phenomenal bands last night, November 20, 2015, in a single concert, featuring Heart By Heart and The Fab Four. Heart by Heart is a spin-off of the original 70s and 80s band, Heart, including some of the original band members. The Fab Four is a top-notch Beatles tribute band known around the world. The concert was a huge hit, highlighting the biggest rock and roll hits from the early 1960s through the 1980s. Here is a report with photos by the John Lennon Examiner who attended the show.
The double-feature concert began at 8:00pm and lasted three hours, with a short intermission between performances. The theater was packed with well over five hundred enthusiastic concert-goers, baby-boomers eager to enjoy a “two for one” evening of their favorite rock music. Heart by Heart came on first, featuring original Heart members, bassist Steve Fossen, and drummer Mike Derosier. Somar Macek is the primary vocalist singing Ann Wilson’s songs, while Lizzy Daymont performs Nancy Wilson’s numbers on guitar and keyboards. Lane Patterson is the newest guitarist of the band performing the guitar work of original member Roger Fisher.
The band was formed by Fossen and Macek several years ago to keep their passion for Heart’s music alive. Heart was inducted at the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 and the award reunited all original band members for that occasion.
The band’s performance of Heart’s biggest hits was absolutely stunning; Somar Macek’s powerful vocals could shatter crystal and mimic Ann Wilson’s range with no trouble. They performed everyone’s favorites, including Magic Man, Dreamboat Annie, Love Alive, Straight On, Barracuda, What About Love, Dog and Butterfly, Alone, Bebe LeStrange, and others, ending with crowd favorite Crazy on You. Lizzy Daymont was a perfect shoe-in for Nancy Wilson, showing prowess on guitar and keyboards, while Lane Patterson had no trouble filling Roger Fisher’s epic guitar shoes.
After a short intermission, the crowd was treated to Beatles music by The Fab Four. The band came on stage for an “Ed Sullivan” set, or the “early Beatles” songs, after a humorous introduction by Ed Sullivan impersonator George Trullinger. The lineup of the evening’s show included Ardy Sarrat (Paul McCartney), Gilbert Bonilla (John Lennon), Gavin Pring (George Harrison), and Eric Fidel (Ringo Starr.)
The Fab Four has been together over twelve years and is one of the very best top-notch Beatles tributes in the world. They have a soundtrack CD and Christmas CD that can be purchased on-line. Sarrat also has another band called Wingsband focusing on McCartney’s solo work, and Pring has actually performed with McCartney for a Harrison tribute.
They performed the early hits including All My Loving, From Me To You, Eight Days A Week, and a Hard Day’s Night, ending the first segment with a solo performance of Yesterday by Ardy Sarrat. The band returned in Sgt. Pepper costumes for a new era of Beatles music, including Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, followed by A Little Help From My Friends (Eric Fidel),and A Day in the Life (Gilbert Bonilla.)
In a third segment fans call the “Abbey Road” era, the band returned yet again in different costumes, with Bonilla in Lennon’s trademark white suit with long hair and round glasses. The audience was encouraged to join in and sing with the band, and come up to the stage. Bonilla performed Lennon’s Give Peace a Chance, and Imagine, followed by Harrison’s Something (Gavin Pring). Hey Jude was a crowd favorite, with the audience waving along with the song and singing the “na-na’s.”
This double feature concert with Heart by Heart and The Fab Four was a brilliant combination that gave the audience the opportunity to enjoy their favorite rock music songs spanning over twenty years. The music of the Beatles and Heart spanned this generation’s greatest hits between the 1960s – 1980s.
The D and R Theater, once slated for demolition, has been magnificently restored through the dedication of owner John Yonich over the years, as a way of restoring Aberdeen’s former glory. Now the D and R hosts many concerts, from rock and roll to country music. See their website for information on future shows.