By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The band wasn’t actually there, but the Beatles drew an enthusiastic audience of nearly 1,300 to the BancorpSouth Arena on Thursday.
“There’s no escape from the Beatles,” said 24-year-old Jenna Britt of Tupelo. “I’ve heard them all my life. Everybody knows the Beatles.”
“It’s timeless, timeless music,” added Dylan Britt, 23. “They’re still one of the greatest bands of all time.”
During “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles,” it wasn’t John, Paul, George and Ringo on stage, but the music connected with young and old fans.
Video screens on either side of the stage showed black and white footage of the original Beatles, as well as shots of the “Rain” performers and fans in the stands.
People sang along with “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” bobbed their heads to “Sending All My Love” and returned “Paul’s” scream in the middle of “I Saw Her Standing There.”
Gwen Lescheck, who said she was “past the half-century mark,” came to the show with her family from Selmer, Tenn.
“I don’t even remember when I became a fan,” she said. “It’s been so long ago.”
It was easier for her to pinpoint when her 13-year-old son, Willie, got hooked on the Fab Four.
“We started him out on the Wii ‘Beatles: Rockband,'” she said, referring to the video game.
The Holliday family from Corinth also made the “Rockband” connection, so much so that 9-year-old Seth Holliday was singing Beatles’ songs during the drive to Tupelo.
“He was singing ‘Hello, Goodbye’ when we got out of the car,” said Seth’s dad, Louis Holliday, 43.
“And ‘Let It Be,'” Seth said.
His mom, Shannon Holliday, 39, asked, “Who do you look like?”
“Paul,” he said, then added, “Beatles Forever!”
At 5 years old, Madison Case of Aberdeen wasn’t quite sure about the Beatles, but she knew she was out for a special time with her grandmother, Sherry Case.
“It’s just us tonight,” Sherry Case, 63, said. “Girls’ night out, right?”
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