By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – From the black and white suits of “The Ed Sullivan Show” to the multi-colored uniforms of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles” covers the Fab Four’s entire career.
Jimmy Irizarry stars as John Lennon in the multi-media concert, which comes to the BancorpSouth Arena on Wednesday.
“It’s the ultimate Beatles thrill ride,” he said in a phone interview with the Daily Journal. “It’s got all of the bells and whistles and excitement of seeing The Beatles.”
The set list covers everything from “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “A Hard Day’s Night” to “Let It Be” and “Hey Jude.”
“I think I have about five different costume changes. The music changes, and the look changes, and there’s a multi-media show going on behind us,” Irizarry said. “It’s a walk down memory lane.”
Irizarry, like most music fans, grew up listening to The Beatles.
“My older brothers and sisters would play the records, so I was exposed to it from a young age. It was always my favorite music; I just immediately liked it,” he said.
Watching old Beatles footage, as well as movies like “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!” have taught the actors and musicians how to channel Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.
“We try to impersonate The Beatles, the look and the attitude,” Irizarry said.
It’s Lennon’s iconic white suit that Irizarry loves the most.
“It’s the scene before Abbey Road, where I come out and I’m all in the white and I have long hair and we do ‘Come Together,’” he said. “I like the look especially.”
Irizarry said music fans of all ages can find something to like in “RAIN.”
“Bring the entire family, from little tots just discovering The Beatles to grandparents who really appreciate the music,” he said. “We like to see people out there discovering the music. There are new Beatles fans born every minute.”
• What: “RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles”
• When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
• Where: BancorpSouth Arena
• Cost: $57, $47, $37, plus fees
• Info: bcsarena.com