Classic Albums Live series sees The Beatles’ final farewell note-for-note on St. Catharines stage


Published February 17, 2023 at 3:36 pm

The Beatles are shown here in the recording studio in 1969, putting the final touches on the Let It Be album.

The Classic Albums Live series has been going on for decades now as studio A-list musicians gather on stage to play, as the name suggests, a classic rock album, songs in exact order from beginning to end.

Every band from Pink Floyd to the Rolling Stones to The Eagles has had a seminal album trotted out on stage as folks flock to hear the songs of their youth.

But one album keeps coming back time and time again to public acclaim – The Beatles’ Let It Be – and it’s coming to the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on April 6.

The 12th and final studio album released by The Fab Four in May 1970 was initially met with hostile reviews, mostly because a month prior, Paul McCartney had already announced he had left the group, effectively disbanding them.

As well, the songs for Let It Be were recorded in the studio in January 1969 but left in the hands of erratic producer Phil Spector, who tinkered with them, adding some heavy-handed orchestration and delaying the release until May 1970, more than a year later.

The actual final studio recordings of The Beatles done in August 1969 for the Abbey Road album, produced by the far more reliable George Martin and released a month later.

The 2021 documentary The Beatles – Get Back produced by New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson (of Lord of the Rings fame) explored the band’s final 21 days in the studio ending with their iconic final performance on the rooftop of Apple Corps.

The made-for-TV documentary has a total runtime of nearly eight hours, consisting of three episodes between two and three hours, together covering each of the three weeks of studio time.

Tickets for the show, which plays in the Partridge Hall at 7:30 pm, run from $5 to $59 and can be purchased HERE.

From a previous run of this Classic Albums Live series, here’s the troupe singing the title song.

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