THE SILVER BEATS Japanese Beatles Tribute Band
The Silver Beats are a Beatles tribute act from Tokyo, Japan, and since their 2002 debut at Tokyos world renowned Cavern Club, they have received national and international acclaim for their faithful reproduction of the Beatles music, and style. This acclaim includes endorsements from such music notables as Denny Laine (Wings), Alan Parsons, Tower of Power, Brian May and Roger Taylor (Queen), Keith Emerson (ELP) and The Killers. There was even a personal backstage meeting with Sir Paul McCartney, where McCartney introduced the bands Paul (Tadaaki Naganuma), as the Japanese Paul!
In addition to performing 5 nights a week at the Cavern Club, they have also performed numerous corporate and national events throughout Japan, have appeared on Japanese national television, as well as print media in Japan, USA, and Europe. In addition to Japan, the Silver Beats have also performed in the UK, and now in America.
In America the Beats has been interviewed and/or noted in major print publications such as the Milwaukee Journal, Mercury Sun, Spin Magazine Online, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, and most recently, an interview for NPRs All Things Considered(Jan. 2008).
In early 2007 multi platinum recording artists The Killers were in Tokyo filming a music video, and went to the Cavern Club to see the Beats. They were so impressed that they asked them to open as direct support for their upcoming US tour, which would include sold out appearances at some of Americas most historic and important venues including The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and Madison Square Garden in NYC.
The Silver Beats accepted and performed a total of 6 sold out shows to incredible crowd response and rave reviews. Since performing with The Killers, The Silver Beats have continued to raise their profile in America through performing various corporate events, and select club dates.
In January 2008 the Beats performed a sold out show (first US show as headliner) at Washington DCs legendary 9:30 Club, and the next day performed a block party in Boca Raton, Florida where they were presented with the Key to the city! The Silver Beats are also set to perform at the Virgin Music Festival (USA) in August 2008.
Of all of the things that have been written about the Beats, perhaps what is most talked about is their incredible ability to create a true Beatles experience. Many have written comments saying; This is as close as it gets to the real thing! Even those old enough to have seen the actual Beatles have also remarked similarly. An amazing accomplishment given that they are Japanese, and speak very limited English!
Onstage and off the band has that same kind of playful charm that made the Beatles themselves so endearing, and each member of the Beats takes their chosen character very seriously. They are not just acting out a role, but quite literally seem to take on the whole spirit, and persona of their Beatle counterpart. In fact the Beats John bears an uncanny resemblance to the late John Lennon. Though their English is limited, the band knows every lyric, and performs over 160 songs from the Beatles canon. Their style focuses on the early Beatlemania period with mop top haircuts, matching Black (Ed Sullivan), Tan (Shea Stadium), and Green (Buddokan), suits, winkle Picker boots, Rickenbacker, Epiphone, Gretsch, and Hofner guitars, Vox amps, and Ludwig drums.
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