'Paperback Writer' returns to Prescott to perform Beatles tribute at the Elks
Take the Yellow Submarine Across the Universe and down Penny Lane to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center as Paperback Writer performs Saturday, March 14.
Presented by Tad Management, Paperback Writer is known as one of the top Beatles tribute bands around, featuring Glenn Henry III as Paul McCartney, Gene Martin as Ringo Starr, Richard Gibson as George Harrison, and Chris Hilliard as John Lennon.
Henry, who is also the band's manager, has an extensive musical background, but never imagined that he would be performing a tribute to the Fab Four.
"Ever since I saw the Beatles on television, like millions of other kids, I looked with big, bright eyes that I wanted to do that," Henry said. "If somebody were to tell me when I was 15 or 10, you'll be a Paul McCartney in 30 years, I never would have thought in my wildest dreams."
Henry said he originally wanted to avoid a Beatles tribute band because of the amount there already were. However, when his Beach Boys tribute band, The Beach Toys, was doing well, he found most of the work was coming in the summer. Henry said to stimulate work in the off season, he thought to bootstrap a Beatles Show, noting that it not only worked, but Paperback Writer soared to be one of the top Beatles tribute bands in then nation.
Henry said Paperback Writer rivals other top tribute bands like Rain or Beatlemania.
"We've taken a lot of attention to extreme detail," Henry said. "We even use the accents when we speak. So much time has gone into the study of making the look and sound as good as possible."
And Henry said Paperback Writer offers the full Beatles experience as, musically, it goes chronologically from the band's early eras to the last few albums.
Henry said he loves the attitude of his fellow musicians, stating that they are professionals and get together very well.
"We've all played in bands before in the last 30 years, and I don't think any of us have had... the brotherhood we've had in this band," Henry said.
Though it changes from week to week, Henry said that if he really had to pick a favorite song to play, he never gets tired of singing "Yesterday." He said it's a beautiful song and melody and was also the first solo McCartney song, which gave rise to his career as a solo artist in the 70s and then with Wings.
"It describes a carefree past, now burdened with things yet to come," Henry said. "It was two years after that where the Beatles started doing their own thing in the group."
Performing on a replica stage of the 1964 Ed Sullivan Show where the Beatles debuted, Paperback Writer will begin performing at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and are available online at www.prescottelkstheater.com or by calling (928) 777-1370. Tickets are also available at the door one our prior to the performance.