By Mark Taylor –
On Friday September 24th at 8p.m. three generations of fans gathered at Fox Theater to see RAIN-A Tribute To The Beatles. The band, consisting of members Steve Landes (vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, harmonica), Joey Curatolo (vocals, bass, piano, guitar), Joe Bithorn (vocals, lead guitar), Ralph Castelli (Drums, percussion, vocals), and Mark Lewis (Keyboards, percussion) provided the audience with an exciting experience. It was a night of fun in which many were united by their love and memories of The Beatles.
When the lights dimmed the audience became quiet as the Beatles documentary played on screens located on either side of the stage. Soon the curtain rose and the audience began cheering while RAIN opened the show with the hit song “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”. The band performed with a joy and enthusiasm that would soon spread through the performance hall. The audience quickly accepted the invitation to dance and sing along with the band. One lady in particular found it difficult to contain herself. Her hair was adorned with flowers and she danced and swayed to the music and bent down to kiss her husband every few minutes. It was as if the music had made her young again.
RAIN’s amazing performance was further enhanced through elements of video, animation, and wardrobe.
Stephen Gotshel and Joel Weiss created a light display that was vibrant and colorful. Laser beams illuminated the bands flashy costumes as they performed “Hello Goodbye”. Lighting techniques were used in such a way to further incorporate the audience into RAIN’s performance. During the song “I am the Walrus” the audience was enshrouded in an orange light and they screamed and aided the band in singing the lyrics.
Throughout the performance videos played past footage of The Beatles on three video screens.
One of the videos depicted the events that took place during The Beatles visit to Shea Stadium on August 15th 1965. The girls in the stadium were short of breath while others fainted in the presence of the band. The audience members found this video footage to be humorous.
The members of RAIN stay true to the memory of The Beatles by imitating the personas of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The band has spent years perfecting the sounds and identity of The Beatles and has succeeded in delivering authent ic performances.
Such dedication has allowed RAIN to develop a sound that is virtually undistinguishable from that of the original Beatles group. The members of RAIN replicate the hairstyles, personalities, and wardrobe of the iconic band to give the audience feelings of nostalgia. With such talent it is not surprising that RAIN has landed a spot in New York City’s Broadway scene.