The Beijing Beatles at Temple – (They) Don’t Let Me Down

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!

Temple goers in Unison for Hey Jude

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 )

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7 Responses

  1. Kaiser says:

    Damn, I wish I had gone to see them! Sounds like a fantastic good time. Really looking forward to their next gig!!

  2. Beijing Daze says:

    They’re a blast… and can actually play their instruments!

    • Kaiser says:

      Yes, they would have to be able to. If they couldn’t most of the Beatles oeuvre would be completely out of reach. The stuff sounds simple but to do it well takes real chops. Next time let me know and I’ll be there for sure. You going to Opeth?

  3. Mike says:

    I’ve seen them at the Bookworm and Stumble Inn – they’re really excellent and as Kaiser says, the stuff they play ain’t easy! “Gringo” is a really good drummer. (Though they could handle the shift to 3/4 in “We Can Work It Out” better – sorry, am a Beatles obsessive!)

  4. Jimmy Wee says:

    I am in the music business bssed in Singapore,managing talents, events
    and a show agent…..I book artistes/bands for S.E. Asia.

    I am interested to know more about Beijing Beatles and was wondering if you
    can help contacting the group for me.
    I am interested to find out if they are available and keen to perform
    In Singapore and other S.E. Asian countries.

    Appreciate your help.
    Jimmy Wee

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