The Doctor Robert Beatles tribute band made it’s way to Carbondale last Saturday night to play the new and improved Black Nugget, this time without Karen. The Trio had a great time playing about 60 songs in about 3 1/2 hours, and had some fun breaking out some random Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Cream songs. By the end, we covered “Sweet Leaf” and “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath, “Gallow’s Pole” by Led Zeppelin, and “Crossroads” by Cream. Thanks to the Roaring Fork High School class of 2003 for coming to The Black Nugget for the after party, and for everyone else that came and made for a packed house full of Beatles fans. We can’t wait to make it back to Carbondale for the full Doctor Robert experience. Here are some recordings from the night:
I Am The Walrus –> Sweet Leaf –> I Am The Walrus
Day Tripper (ending) –> Helter Skelter –> War Pigs –> A Day in the Life (Casey on vocals)
Back in the USSR –> Dear Prudence (Kevin on vocals)
Rain (Kevin on vocals) –> Good Day Sunshine
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Wait –> Get Back
Strawberry Fields Forever
I’m So Tired
On our way home from our Durango and Dolores shows this past weekend, we found ourselves asking “Did that all really just happen?” Wow, what an amazing three shows in southwest Colorado, starting in Durango at The Summit on January 30th and Ska Brewing on January 31st, then heading to Dolores River Brewery (DRB) on February 2nd. We can’t remember three shows in a row with such welcoming fans, the enthusiasm for Doctor Robert was through the roof at all three shows. Thanks so much to all the great people that made the weekend such a great success, especially Eugene and Scottie from The Summit, Holly from Ska, and Mark from DRB. So much good energy was captured in our recordings from each night, so we’ll start with some from 1/30 at The Summit:
Get Back Second set opener, jamming to “Blondie” as we started “Get Back.”
Paperback Writer — Taxman A rare extended jam of “Paperback Writer,” which blended nicely into “Taxman.”
I’ve Just Seen a Face Possibly the peak of crowd enthusiasm, people LOVE to sing along with this one.
I Want You — Back in the USSR
It Won’t Be Long
All My Loving
Come Together Our longest song to date, almost 16 minutes with some fun twists and turns.
With a Little Help From My Friends Always a fun one at the end of the night.
Got To Get You Into My Life
Helter Skelter — Day Tripper
The following evening, we played 140 minutes straight at Ska Brewing. This show was all ages, and brought out some huge Beatles fans anywhere from two years old to 83 years old. Elvis even made an appearance. Here are a handful of tracks from Ska:
Yellow Submarine This was requested by the three youngest fans in the room. At the end of the song, Karen invited them up to help finish out the chorus a bunch of times.
You Can’t Do That
One After 909 One of the “deep tracks” that is really fun to play every time.
Let it Be This was requested several times, Karen does a great job with this one.
Back in the USSR — Dear Prudence The first notes of “Dear Prudence” always get a great reaction.
We finished out the weekend at Dolores River Brewery, with possibly the most enthusiastic crowd we’ve ever played for. The bar was packed from the beginning, and everyone danced and sang along the entire night. We look forward to returning to DRB this summer and playing the outside stage. Here’s a bunch of tracks:
Taxman — Drive My Car
Two of Us
Wild Honey Pie — Why Don’t We Do It In The Road We love the random “deep tracks,” fortunately so do Beatles fans.
Revolution — Get Back Love the help with the scream in the beginning of “Revolution.”
What Goes On
Strawberry Fields Forever — I Am The Walrus Fun transition between two psychedelic tracks.
Please Please Me It was great to see the fans in back on their chairs dancing and singing to this early classic.
Ob La Di Ob La Da One of the most popular songs we play, it usually brings everyone out to dance.
Wait A rare appearance of this “Rubber Soul” cut.
Tell Me Why
Rain Someone requested a psychedelic song, and this was our answer.
Mean Mr. Mustard — Polythene Pam — She Came in Through the Bathroom Window Each song in this “Abbey Road” trilogy built up momentum.
If I Needed Someone — Run For Your Life
I Want to Hold Your Hand More great crowd participation on this version.
I Saw Her Standing There Great “alternative rock” intro after Casey forgot to tune up after “Dear Prudence.”
I Feel Fine
Doctor Robert This one often gets no reaction, but many people knew this one in Dolores.
Can’t Buy Me Love
A Hard Day’s Night — Eight Days a Week These two are always crowd favorites.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps Second set closer, always a good blowout for Doctor Robert and the crowd.
Yellow Submarine First encore. After the crowd started singing it for us, how could we not play it. This was the weekend of “Yellow Submarine,” we’ve never had so much fun playing this one.
Hey Jude Second encore, great sing-a-long.
A Day in the Life Our third encore.
Yesterday First time played! The original recording used a guitar tuned down a full step. Our guitar has regular tuning, which makes singing this song pretty hard at the end of the night.
Thanks again to everyone who helped make such a memorable weekend for Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute from Crested Butte, Colorado. We look forward to getting back to all three venues this summer.
Doctor Robert played Beatles music to a packed house at Butte 66 on Saturday. This was the best show and the most fun we’ve had playing apres ski at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Thanks to all the visitors and locals who came out in masses for our first hometown performance in five months. This show brought out several rare songs, both for Doctor Robert and The Beatles, such as “Old Brown Shoe,” “Piggies,” “Think for Yourself,” “The Word,” and “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” just to name a few. Here are some recordings from the afternoon:
You Can’t Do That
Think For Yourself — The Word
Tell Me Why
The Night Before
Old Brown Shoe
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Back in the USSR — I’ve Got a Feeling
It Won’t Be Long
If I Needed Someone — Run For Your Life
I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
Glass Onion — Ob La Di Ob La Da
Doctor Robert will be performing New Year’s Eve at The Mount Princeton Hot Springs, with Beatles music staring at 9:00. We look forward to a great end to 2012 and another exciting year in 2013. Cheers to everyone that has come out to see Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute from Crested Butte, Colorado.
Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute from Crested Butte, Colorado, had it’s first three-night run since May this past weekend. Thanks to everyone that came out in Telluride, Lake City, and Del Norte to see some of their favorite Beatles music played by Dr. Robert. Though we were tested by some band members being “under the weather,” we rallied for three great shows and had a fun time despite the ailing voices. Not only were the shows a great time, but the road trip through southern Colorado was spectacular with all the aspen leaves changing to gold, red, and orange. What an amazing time of year to tour through the Colorado Rocky Mountains to play Beatles covers.
We started at the Telluride Conference Center on Thursday, playing an amazing room with some very enthusiastic dancers. We had our first “runner” who was making laps around the room, even sliding across the carpet with his socks on. Thanks to Tony with Cadence Hospitality for putting in all the effort for promoting this last-minute show. Thanks also to the event and wedding planners that made it out for the show, we’re lucky to be playing several Colorado weddings this year and next.
Friday night brought us back to Lake City to play our second show at The Depot Saloon. This night really proved that Lake City folks really don’t hold back, and love to have a good time. We played 55 songs from 8 to midnight, possibly the most songs we’ve played in any one night so far. Thanks to John at Depot Saloon for always being so accommodating, he’s a big part of this small town vibe and the packed house helped make us feel at home.
Saturday was our second show at Wildwood Sounds in Del Norte. Once again, a packed house brought great enthusiasm and appreciation for Doctor Robert’s Beatles Tribute. Stephen and Konnie sure have created a great little room in this small town for live music. As it turned out, this may have been the first time Wildwood had an entire room of dancers. It started with just a few early on, but by “I Saw Her Standing There” in our third set, the whole place was on their feet. Thanks again to everyone at Wildwood, we really appreciate the support.
Here’s a few video clips from Wildwood, sorry the camera angle got bumped and Ben on the drums isn’t very visible:
Thanks to everyone that came out to see Doctor Robert, The Colorado Beatles Tribute band in August. We enjoyed playing a variety of venues around Colorado. We started the month playing a private house party in Aspen, with many Aspen locals including Lance Armstrong in the audience. We had the honor of opening the music entertainment for the first annual Big Denver BBQ Block Party at Skyline Park in downtown Denver. What an amazing event this was, with international acts such as The Felice Brothers and Shaniqua Copeland as headliners. Be sure to catch it next summer when it returns to the Mile High City. We headlined the 40th annual Festival of the Arts in downtown Crested Butte, which included some great acts such as Bonnie and The Clydes from Lyons, Colorado and Bruce Hayes from Howard, Colorado. We finshed our August gigs with a return to The Ritz Grill in downtown Colorado Springs for a performance after the USA Pro Cycling Challenge finish just down the block.
September is going to be a great month for Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute band from way up in the mountains in Crested Butte, Colorado. Look for us to return to a few small town venues, starting September 13th at Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village. We’re very excited to play the night before Blues and Brews starts, we’ll play two 90-minute sets starting at 8:00.
Friday, September 14th brings us back to The Depot Saloon in Lake City, show starts at 8:00. This is the night before the Lake City Wine Festival begins, so it should be quite a memorable night of Beatles music for everyone involved. Last time we played here, the entire room was dancing and/or singing along to every song. We had a hard time saying “good night” as people just wanted more.
On Saturday, September 15th, we are excited to play our second show at Wildwood Sounds in Del Norte, with a showtime of 7:30. Stephen and Konnie have put together such an amazing little music venue, with great acoustics and awesome vintage theater seating. This is still one of the best “shows” we’ve played, as the audience is there to listen to every note played, melody sung, and story told. This small town in southern Colorado sure knows how to appreciate music, and we are grateful for the chance to play Wildwood again.
The 21st annual Octoberfest party in Gunnison will be held on Friday, September 28th from 3:30 to 6:30. We’re delighted to be asked to perform for this party, put on by The Gunnison Bank. Over 1000 people are in attendance each year, and the Gunnison Bank gives away free food and beer to anyone that comes. We love playing our home valley, and Gunnison is always a great town for The Doctor.
Meanwhile, back in the studio, Doc Rob has been busy working on a few new songs during our time off from the road. Look for a few heavy hitters to start appearing in the coming months, such as the #1 all-time Beatles composition “A Day in the Life” from the Sergeant Pepper album, and the hauntingly beautiful “Because” from the Abbey Road album. Though we’ve played “Act Naturally” a few times now, it is with great pleasure to announce that the lead vocals will be passed on to our drummer, Ben Wright, for his debut singing in Dr. Robert. Be sure to give Ben some encouragement as he may be more nervous than Ringo was when he first sang it on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1965.
Here’s a quick history of the song, as far as The Beatles is concerned. It was actually written by Johnny Russell and Voni Morrison, but made widely popular by The Beatles on the Help! album. This is all according to an amazing website full of Beatles songwriting facts, http://www.BeatlesEBooks.com:
” Country and Western is not usually the genre of music one thinks of whenever the music of The Beatles comes up in a conversation. Nonetheless, this type of music was always very highly respected by the group. “I heard country-and-western music in Liverpool before I heard rock’n’roll,” recalled John Lennon. “There were established folk, blues and country-and-western clubs in Liverpool before rock’n’roll…I started imitating Hark Williams when I was fifteen, before I could play the guitar.”
One member who especially loved this form of music was Ringo Starr. “I used to love country music and country rock,” Ringo relates. As related in his book “Ticket To Ride,” Larry Kane asked Ringo in 1965: “What were some of the influences on you as a musician?” Unhesitatingly he replied, “Well, been listening to American country songs since I was a kid, y’know. Think all of us loved the sound. Maybe John and Paul put a little of that in their sound, y’know.” In fact, both John and Paul have revealed in interviews that some of their songs were written with country music in mind, these including “I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party,” “I’m A Loser” and even “All My Loving.” Also, of course, The Beatles choice of covering three Carl Perkins songs shows a country leaning as well. “Carl Perkins was really country, just with more backbeat,” Lennon stated in 1973.
When asked to choose a song to sing on their fifth British album, it was only natural for Ringo to pick something from this genre. “I sang ‘Act Naturally’ in ‘Help!,’” Ringo explains. “I found it on a Buck Owens record and I said, ‘This is the one I am going to be doing,’ and they said ‘OK.’” This ended up being the very last cover song the Beatles ever officially released, with the exception of the short ad-libbed “Maggie Mae” that was haphazardly thrown onto the “Let It Be” album in 1970.”
We hope you’ll come and see us at a show nearby, thanks again for all the support!
Ben, Kevin, Karen, Casey