You know, I go to my share of shows and write about tons of mediocre bands on a regular basis but i keep forgetting to mention one of the latest sensations doing the live house circuit around old smoggy: The Beijing Beatles!
This foursome has been around for a little while now but finally settled on this line-up of the band just about a year ago if I’m not mistaken… since then, they basically blew the roof wide open and have exploded unto the scene. I’ve had the pleasure of watching them at 2 Kolegas, Temple, jianghu, Salud and a few other places around town but somehow I never get around to writing about them… well, here I am!
I made it to temple saturday night around 9:30 to find the place pretty hopping with a crowd that obviously came there to see them, much like the previous time. The band did what you’d expect them to do, going through The Beatles diverse catalogue without skipping a beat. They had showmanship, quality, charisma and a commitment to entertainment judging by how they zoned those outfits and wigs despite it feeling like 45 degrees on stage.
What made the show at Temple special is that the crowd would not let the band off stage! They had a 7 song encore much to the delight of everyone present, including yours truly! Honestly folks, having these lads play is becoming a fun fun event and in many cases a more reliable and enjoyable musical adventure than many of the crappy concerts we’re subjected to in this town. Did I mention the show was free? and the place full of Beijing based musicians singing along like any other fans.
I mentioned before how chunjie was a slim affair in terms of shows around Beijing with the usual suspects all off bringing in the year of the dragon with their families… all except the cray dedicated fuckers at TEmpel who kept the candle high (more on that some other time). Still, there were shows just about every night and The Beijing Beatles had the show of the week.
(i forgot my camera that day so some pictures from http://thebeijingbeatles.com/ )