June was the 50th anniversary of the eighth studio album by the Beatles, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” In commemoration of the anniversary of the album, Beatles tribute band, Yesterday, will be performing Sunday at the Rialto Theater in Denison.
The performance begins at 7 p.m. The doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $15 to $30.
Yesterday is made up of Rich Fazzi as Paul McCartney, Monte Mann as George Harrison, Joe Bologna as Ringo Starr, and Don Bellezzo as John Lennon.
“We are a live re-creation of the Beatles,” Bellezzo said. “We play songs in all the original keys, and we have costume changes during the show.”
Yesterday will play music from the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” as well as songs from the Beatles later years.
“I started playing in Orange County, California,” Bellezzo said. “At first we started locally, and then I got in contact with some other people as we began touring around. Then we moved to Vegas.”
Yesterday has been touring nationally and internationally 25 years ago.
“The Beatles repertoire is so vast and there are so many ways to do the show that it never gets old,” Bellezzo said. “You can do shows in different ways and switch the songs around. You can do early songs and then you can do songs from the later years.”
Bellezzo said his favorite song to perform right now is “I am the Walrus.”
“Vocally it is challenging and it is a really interesting song,” he said. “The audience really like it a lot too, along with some others. They also really relate to earlier songs like, ‘Please please me,’ ‘Help,’ and ‘Here Comes the Sun.’
Bellezzo said he really likes that 50 years later people are still enjoying the songs of the Beatles.
“Today, you may hear songs on the radio and then six months later no one cares about it,” he said. “But with the Beatles, the music appeals to a variety of ages. We have teens, parents and older music lovers at our concerts.”
Yesterday played five nights a week for three years at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas.
“We met Paul McCartney once,” Bellezzo said. “He said, ‘Good job, chaps,’ took a picture, and left.”
Bellezzo said that Yesterday got so big that at one point they were sued by Apple music.
“We settled out of court,” he said. “We have even played in Japan six or seven times.”
The reason why the music of the Beatles will remain relevant, Bellezzo said, is because parents and grandparents continue to introduce it to their children and grandchildren.
“When I was 10, I listened to what my parents listened to,” he said. “This 50th anniversary is a really splendid time because people of all different ages are remembering the music and celebrating the music. Most of the people that come to our shows have never seen the Beatles perform live, so it’s great to be able to represent them and help celebrate the music.”