Last Month (April 28, 2018) when I was visiting my Sister and Brother-in-Law in Atlantic City, we went to a Beatles' Tribute Concert at one of the Casinos...Resorts right on the Boardwalk.
While I had been to quite a few Beatles' tribute shows over the years (including Abbey Road on the River festival in Lousiville KY full of Tribute bands), this was a total surprise one at the last minute where the tickets were free from a friend of my sister's. I certainly had nothing to lose at that price.
The group was called the MAHONEY BROTHERS and their 2018 show was called "The Beatles and Beyond". As what often happens in life it was one of those "spontaneous" moments where something great happens that was totally unplanned.
What made this specific show so good was the "Brothers' setlist and their premise. They based their show on what a "reunion" Beatles' Concert circa 1978 or 1979 might have looked like. Besides doing Beatle songs from their heyday (and not always the obvious ones like Yesterday and Hey Jude) they also performed Post Beatles' songs from each member. I'm sure that the individual Beatles' would have wanted a reunion show where each one would have sung lead on a few of their solo songs. These, of course, would have been songs that they had never performed live as a group.
On top of the fact that it was a "live" performance and they were very good, I loved the fact that I heard songs that I had never heard (or rarely heard) live prior to this show. They basically did 3-4 Solo songs from each Beatle. All in all, it was a great show and one that I would strongly recommend if the Mahoney Brothera visited your local area. By the way, the Band members are actually 3 Brothers and a son of one of the brothers. The 3 brothers played Paul, John and Ringo. They had a separate member playing George and the one son was sort of a "Wix" type member playing varous instruments.
The only down side is that because they were playing at a Casino the overall show was probably shortened where they didn' have an encore since the Casinos want their audience most and all to be gambling at their tables and slots. This is another reason why their normal shows would actually be better if you got another 3-4 songs. They played for a little over an hour.
Some of my favorite songs by memory were:
*Photograph - one of Ringo songs and it sounded great
*It Don't Come Easy - ditto
*Watching the Wheels - the Mahoney Brother who played John had a great "John" voice and this was great
*Imagine - ditto; as much as this song has been played on the radio, this was also a great performance by the singer
*Venus and Mars/Rock Show/Jet - this medley started the show so you knew you were going to get "Solo" songs and not just the typical Beatle hits
*Maybe I'm Amazed
*What is Life - Never heard this great George song live and they actually ended the show with this one
Other Beatle songs I liked because they weren't the obvious big hits were:
*While My Guitar Gently Weeps - great guitar work
* Hey Bulldog
* Here Comes the Sun
* Abbey Road Medley starting with "She Came into the Bathroom Window".
*Day in the Life
As I said, it was a great spontaneous night where I didn't know what to expect. The Band were actual musicians with very good voices. I would highly recemmend them to any Beatle fan. Relative to Paul, they also played "Let m In". While I would have preferred many other Paul Solo songs, I was somewhat surprised that the song did receive a very good response from the audience. Their arrangement was quite good.