Tribute bands don't always get a great deal of press coverage. One high profile artist covering a song or two of another might make the pages of a top-selling tabloid but bands who commit their entire career to evoking the sound and look of another group are all-too-often dismissed out of hand.
Perhaps because so many of them aren't all that good, or maybe as a result of their being so many for a certain act. That's as maybe but The Bootleg Beatles seem to have found the right formula and, despite a sea of tribute acts for The Beatles existing in the UK alone, the Bootlegs have managed to rise head and shoulders above the competition.
Not convinced? Well, more than 30 years after forming, the line-up still boasts their original 'Paul' and George', and long-standing 'John', Neil Harrison, only left the band late last year (to be replaced by Adam Hastings). And The Bootleg Beatles have played more than 4,000 gigs around the world; this year alone will play venues as impressive as Bristol's Colston Hall, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and even the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. None of this would have been achieved without a high degree of success in emulating the sound of the original Fab Four.
The December tour kicks off at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall on the 3rd, followed by dates in Bristol, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Newcastle and more, before the final gig of the run at the Nation Indoor Arena in Birmingham on 16th December 2012.
We have tickets available now, priced from £25.
Ahead of the December shows, the March tour begins in Southend on the 8th, moving on to Bournemouth, Sunderland, Stoke, York, Oxford and more, before the final spring date at The Hexagon in Reading on 31st March. We have tickets still available for most dates, also priced from around £25.