Rain, A Tribute to the Beatles is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by playing it in its entirety. They brought the show to Grand Sierra Resort in late February. It was truly amazing.
Rain got their start in 1975 as Reign, a Laguna Beach, California, band that played both original music and Beatles covers. Founding members were Mark Lewis, Eddie Lineberry, Bill Connearney, Grant Belotti, Chuck Coffey, and Steve Wight. The band drew their name from the 1966 Beatles single “Rain,” the B-side of “Paperback Writer.”
The band members have changed since I first saw them more than 30 years ago, and the current line-up features: Steve Landes (as John Lennon), Joey and Paul Curatolo (as Paul McCartney), Alastar McNeil (as George Harrison), Aaron Chiazza (as Ringo Starr) and Chris Smallwood (keyboard, piano).
The way they changed through each era was very cool, but I’d have to go with the “Sgt. Pepper’s” segment as being the best part of the show.
All the costumes were fabulous, and although the guys looked like who they were playing, after each costume change they looked even better. Check out photos from the show, and scroll down to see the set list.
The show included two sets and went like this:
“She Loves You”, “Please Please Me”, “From Me to You”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, “A Hard Day’s Night”, “If I Fell”, “I’m Happy Just to Dance With You”, “Yesterday”, “Ticket to Ride”, “The Night Before”, “I Feel Fine”, “Day Tripper”, “Twist and Shout”, “Got to Get You Into My Life”, “The Word”, “Eleanor Rigby”, “Drive My Car”, “In My Life”, “We Can Work It Out”, “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, First Encore, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “With a Little Help From My Friends”, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”, “Getting Better”, “Fixing a Hole”, “She’s Leaving Home”, “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”, “Within You Without You”, “When I’m Sixty-Four”, “Lovely Rita”, “Good Morning Good Morning”, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)”, “A Day in the Life”, “Here Comes the Sun”, “Give Peace a Chance”, “Get Back”, “Revolution”, “The End”, Second Encore, “Let It Be” And “Hey Jude”.
Now that’s what I call a set list; 41 songs including “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in it’s entirety.
I highly recommend seeing Rain the next time they play Reno. They will, so don’t miss it.
And remember, always support your local bands and venues, Go To A Show!
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John Tuckness has been photographing rock concerts in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area and as far as Northern California since 2004. He tries to attend as many shows as he can. John knew he wanted to be a concert photographer when he went to his first concert, Kiss and Montrose way back in 1976. He saw three guys shooting the show and thought to himself, “that’s what I want to do.” After many years of undercover work (sneaking his camera into venues), he finally got noticed and started getting photo passes through PR people and the bands. John has had many of his photos published in newspapers, websites and band autobiographies.