USA Today shows some LOVE for The Fab Four

In preparation for the Beatles-love-a-thon that is about to launch in Sin City, USA Today wrote this nice piece on the boys and producer extraordinaire and son in today’s paper.

The Cirque remix is by Giles Martin and his father, original Beatles producer George Martin.

The other lads seemed to have much more exciting stories. As his kindergarten classmates went around the room citing their parents’ occupations — a firefighter here, a cop there — Giles Martin became a tad embarrassed.

“My dad just sits around all day playing the piano,” he would answer.

His dad, legendary music producer George Martin, always made it look easy. And yet over the past four years, as father and son labored together to remaster and remix original Beatles tapes for a new Cirque du Soleil production called Love opening June 30 in Las Vegas, Giles is finding out just how talented his old man was.

The world will focus on Love as a lavish revisiting of one of the most storied chapters in pop-culture history. And the paparazzi will be in rapt attention when Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison (Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison), gather for a gala opening at the Mirage Hotel-Casino.

For the Martin men, it’s a quieter tale of an 80-year-old father suffering from hearing loss who has anointed his son, 36, as the new defender of one of pop music’s most important canons.

When George Martin came out of retirement to create a soundtrack for the $150 million production, he knew he’d have to ask for a helping hand.

“He’s my natural selection for someone to work with because I trust him implicitly, and he’s a very good musician,” he says, looking across the couch of his Mirage suite at his son, who has the same lanky build and broad, cheek-rippling grin. “And he happens to be a guy I love very much.”

The 90-minute show they’ve scored offers a loose retelling of The Beatles’ story, opening with Get Back, from the band’s final concert on the Savile Row rooftops of Liverpool, England. The action rewinds to bombed-out Liverpool in World War II, when the future Fab Four were born, to the tunes of Glass Onion and Eleanor Rigby.

All along, dancers and acrobats perform, bouncing from literal interpretations to fairly obtuse references. About 25 full songs are in the show, and more than 100 others are represented in ways often unnoticeable to the unschooled.

(More…) Source: USA Today


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